Shortness of Breath & VP Cheney (cont.)
Muscle & Nerve Diseases
Lung Vessel Disease
Obstruction To Airflow
Sudden blockage of airways is a medical emergency and can be caused by inhaling objects, food particles or fluids. It can also be caused by swelling of the glottis (breathing flap) in the back of the throat from an allergic reaction.
Intermittent obstruction of the airflow can come from conditions that irritate or swell the bronchial airways, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or bronchiectasis.
Chronic shortness of breath is characteristic of emphysema and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The shortness of breath may be even at rest and be progressive.
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