Chest pain afflicts people of all ages. It doesn’t make a distinction based on demographics or social position. Having chest pain can unnerve a person. The fear is that a heart blockage could be lurking around the corner, a blockage that could be the “big one”- the one that stops a person in their tracks. As a cardiologist I see people of all ages who develop chest pain. Chest pains come in many sizes and shapes. They might be experienced as fullness, heaviness, an aching, a drawing, burning, squeezing, fluttering, and many, many other ways. One very common presentation for chest pain is that of a sharp chest pain. Sharp can be perceived as stabbing, like a needle or a knife is piercing the skin. Do you have this type of chest pain? Do you experience a stabbing feeling of pain in the chest? If you do then know that you’re in good company. You don’t need to think you’re strange or odd. Most peo...
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
The following symptoms are often associated with difficulty breathing:
Bluish lips, fingers, and fingernails
Chest moving in an unusual way as the person breathes (may indicate an airway or chest injury)
Chest pain (could be a heart attack or injury; sharp chest pain could be pulmonary embolism or collapsed lung)
, or sleepiness
(if the person also has phlegm/sputum, this may be pneumonia; a barking cough in a child is croup)
Gurgling, wheezing , or whistling sounds
Using chest and neck muscles to breathe
Alternative Names Rapid deep breathing; Breathing - rapid and deep; Overbreathing; Fast deep breathing; Respiratory rate - rapid and deep Home Care Your doctor will look for other medical illnesses before diagnosing hyperventilation syndrome. If your doctor has explained that you hyperventilate from anxiety, stress, or panic, there are steps you can take at home. You, your friends, and family can learn techniques to stop you from hyperventilating when it happens and to prevent future attacks. If you start hyperventilating, the goal is to raise the carbon dioxide level in your blood, which will put an end to most of your symptoms. There are several ways to do this: Get reassurance from a friend or family member to help relax your breathing. Words like "you are doing fine," "you are not having a heart attack," and "you are not going to die" are very helpful. It is extremely important that the person helping you remain calm and deliver these messages with a soft, relaxed tone. To increase your ...
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