More Than an Annoyance: Breathlessness could be sign of bigger problems

By Nathan Seppa, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

Everyone runs out of breath from physical exertion. But for people with a condition called dyspnea, even a minor effort makes breathing difficult. A new study suggests that these people are at greater risk of dying of heart problems or other ailments than are people who have chest tightness, a well-known sign of cardiac trouble.

Beginning in 1991, a team led by cardiologist Daniel S. Berman of Cedars–Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Los Angeles identified more than 1,000...

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