Health Tip: When Breathing Is Rapid and Shallow

By on November 25, 2010

Tachypnea is the medical term for breathing that is abnormally rapid and shallow.

If you have the condition, the University of Maryland Medical Center says possible causes include:

  • A chronic respiratory illness, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • An infection of the lungs, such as pneumonia.
  • Chest pain.
  • A blood clot in the lung, sometimes called a pulmonary embolism.

Symptoms of rapid, shallow breathing should not be self-treated, and are “generally considered a medical emergency,” the hospital warns.

Source: HealthDay

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