What is Dyspnea?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Oct 03, 2012

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Dyspnea is difficult, painful breathing or shortness of breath.


Patients may use different words to describe the feeling of breathlessness; terms such as "tightness in the chest" and "suffocating" are sometimes used. The distress caused by dyspnea is different for each patient, from mild discomfort in one patient to severe discomfort in another. Dyspnea is common in patients with advanced cancer, lung cancer, and in the last 6 weeks of life.


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