Chest pain, Shortness of breath on exertion: 14 Possible Causes
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What causes chest pain and shortness of breath on exertion? 14 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Chronic Bronchitis

People often develop acute bronchitis after a viral chest infection. Blue-colored lips ankle or foot swelling can result.

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2

Cor Pulmonare

Cor pulmonale is a condition that most commonly arises out of complications from high blood pressure.

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3

Pulmonary Embolism

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that affects blood flow to the lungs. It can damage part of the lung due to restricted blood flow, decrease blood oxygen. The most common symptom is shortness of breath.

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4

Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Ischemic cardiomyopathy is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle is weakened due to insufficient blood flow to the heart's muscle. This inhibits the heart's ability to pump blood and can lead to heart failure.

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5

Mitral Valve Stenosis

Mitral valve stenosis, also known as mitral stenosis, is when the mitral valve opening is narrowed. This means that not enough blood can flow through it.

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6

Angina Pectoris

Learn about stable angina and what causes it. Find information on stable angina symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

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7

Sarcoidosis

Learn about sarcoidosis and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential complications.

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8

Mitral Valve Prolapse

In mitral valve prolapse the flaps of the heart's mitral valve do not close correctly, which can make blood leak from one chamber into another. Lifelong heart abnormalities likely contribute to this condition.

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9

Dissection of the Aorta

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood out of your heart. If you experience a dissection of the aorta, it means that blood has entered the wall of the artery, between the inner and middle layers. This can happe...

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10

Aortic Valve Stenosis

The aorta is the main artery of the body. Oxygenated blood leaves the heart by way of the aorta and is carried to all parts of the body. The left ventricle is the chamber of the heart that pumps blood into the aort...

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11

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a lung disease that develops when you inhale asbestos fibers and they cause scarring in your lungs. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.

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12

Idiopathic Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a group of blood disorders that occur when red blood cells are destroyed faster than they're produced. Symptoms include weakness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and others.

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13

Sickle Cell Anemia

Red blood cells are normally shaped like discs, which allows them to travel through blood vessels. Sickle cell disease causes sickle cells to be sickle-shaped.

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14

Aortic Valve Disease

In aortic valve disease, the valve that controls the flow of blood from your left ventricle (lower left heart chamber) to your aorta (main artery) malfunctions.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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