Medical Definition of Dyspnea

Our Symptoms article on Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea) provides a comprehensive look at the possible causes and treatments of Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea).

Dyspnea: Difficult or labored breathing; shortness of breath. Dyspnea is a sign of serious disease of the airway, lungs, or heart. The onset of dyspnea should not be ignored; it is reason to seek medical attention.

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