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Shortness of breath
mhathair54 posted:
I am currently being treated for mild hypertension,high cholesterol and hypothyroidism.Meds are controlling all nicely. Had all cardiac tests come back normal. Every time I bend over and stand up I get very short of breath, any ideas as to the cause?
cardiostarusa1 responded:

One can only guess or speculate here.

In general-only, the actual (true) cause for postural or positional dyspnea (shortness of breath) can be tricky/difficult to determine.

For starters, a doctor can monitor the patient's heart rate and blood pressure, and even lung capacity, in a bent over position and then compare it when standing up.

As reported, when bending over, the muscles and tendons can get over-restricted/shortened and cause a lessening of depth thus hampering breathing.

This also restricts the esophagus, phrenic nerves (involved in breathing), aorta, trachea, brachiocephalic vein, but most important, breathing volume and ease.

In some instances, standing up straight can actually tighten the already over-shortened frontal muscles and tendons, and this causes restrictions in the ease of breathing volume.

"Had all cardiac tests come back normal."

Sometimes, a condition can be misinterpreted, overlooked or completely missed with this or that type of diagnostic test.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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