Last time we talked about pursed lip breathing for COPD - what it is, and why it helps when you're short of breath (SOB). Today we're going to go a step further and learn about diaphragmatic - also called belly, or abdominal - breathing. Remember that some of these techniques can be used with other pulmonary disorders as well, but as always, check with your doctor or respiratory health care professional before starting to use any new technique or exercise. Now, I'll tell you right up front - this is kind of technical, but just stick with me here because doing diaphragmatic breathing (and doing it correctly) can mean the difference between huffing and puffing and struggling your way through each day, or being in control of your breathing as you do the things you want to do. First of all, let's review why we're even talking about learning how to breathe in the first place. You might be thinking, "I've been breathing since the moment I cam...
When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or strenuous exercise.
Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body and stress caused by anxiety can make it hard for you to breathe.
Several breast cancer treatments may cause breathing problems or shortness of breath:
some hormonal therapies:
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
A number of pain medications, such as...
Definition Breathing difficulty involves a sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of not getting enough air. See also: Difficulty breathing - first aid Alternative Names Shortness of breath; Breathlessness; Difficulty breathing; Dyspnea Considerations No standard definition exists for difficulty breathing. Some people may feel breathless with only mild exercise (for example, climbing stairs), even though they do not have a medical condition. Others may have advanced lung disease but never feel short of breath. Wheezing is one form of breathing difficulty in which you make a high-pitched sound when you breathe out. See also: Apnea Breathing difficulties - first aid Breathing difficulties - lying down Lung diseases Rapid breathing Common Causes Shortness of breath has many different causes: A blockage of the air passages in your nose, mouth, or throat may lead to difficulty breathing. Heart disease can cause breathlessness if your heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply ox...
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