Shortness of breath — known medically as dyspnea — is often described as an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger, difficulty breathing, breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation. Very strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and higher altitude all can cause shortness of breath in a healthy person.
Tests to Diagnose Shortness of Breath
Jun 27, 2020
Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Slowly breathe in through your nose for two counts, keeping your mouth closed. Purse your lips as if you're about to whistle. Breathe out slowly and gently through your pursed lips to the count of four.
Etymology and pronunciation
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The normal respiration rate for an adult at rest is 12 to 20 breaths per minute. A respiration rate under 12 or over 25 breaths per minute while resting is considered abnormal.
How It Is Done
How to measure your respiratory rate
Mar 23, 2020
One complete breath comprises one inhalation when the chest rises, followed by one exhalation when the chest falls. To measure the respiratory rate, count the number of breaths for an entire minute or count for 30 seconds and multiply that number by two.