Fast or shallow breathing

On this page you can find conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Please note that if you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

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Conditions

Acute exacerbation of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Loss of appetite

More information on Acute exacerbation of COPD is available here.

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Acute heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Coughing up frothy mucus

More information on Acute heart failure is available here.

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Asthma Attack

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Unable to talk in full sentences
  • Shortness of breath at rest

More information on Asthma Attack is available here.

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Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children under a year old.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose

More information on Bronchiolitis is available here.

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Croup

Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (the bronchi) and the voice box (larynx).


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Barking cough
  • Blocked nose
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature

More information on Croup is available here.

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Fear of open spaces

Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn't be available if things go wrong.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Sweating
  • Fear of open spaces
  • Fear of leaving home
  • Avoiding people or social contact
  • Anxiety

More information on Fear of open spaces is available here.

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Panic disorder

Panic disorder is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, often for no obvious reason.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Choking feeling
  • Lightheaded or feeling dizzy

More information on Panic disorder is available here.

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Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, worse on breathing in
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Chest pain on physical effort
  • Coughing up blood

More information on Pulmonary Embolism is available here.

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SVT

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the name given to an abnormality of heart rhythm, characterised by a fast heartbeat.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Feeling heart beat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain
  • Lightheaded or feeling dizzy
  • Shortness of breath

More information on SVT is available here.

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Severe allergic reaction

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the face
  • Swollen lip
  • Breathlessness that starts suddenly
  • Fast or shallow breathing

More information on Severe allergic reaction is available here.

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