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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Rapid, Deep Breaths

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced rapid, deep breaths. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Hyperventilation Syndrome

    In hyperventilation syndrome, one can experience shortness of breath and often a person breaths fast and heavily. There is usually no physical problem causing these symptoms, and symptoms are often caused by anxiety, stress or emotions. Next to shortness of breath, one can experience symptoms of chest pain, palpitations or tingling in hands, feet and face. These symptoms occur commonly as attacks.

    Chronic with relapses

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness, racing heart beat, chest pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hyperventilation syndrome:
    rapid, deep breaths
    Symptoms that never occur with hyperventilation syndrome:
    shortness of breath after a few stairs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Right Heart Failure (Cor Pulmonale)

    Cor pulmonale is known as right heart failure and is often a long-term consequence of high blood pressure or COPD.

    Treatment depends on severity of illness.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath on exertion, wheezing, decreased exercise tolerance
    Symptoms that never occur with right heart failure (cor pulmonale):
    severe chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Asthma Attack

    An asthma attack is the sudden worsening of asthma caused by a trigger (e.g., exercise or cold air) or infection.

    Within minutes of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, shortness of breath at rest, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain, wheezing, cough with dry or watery sputum
    Symptoms that always occur with asthma attack:
    shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with asthma attack:
    blue skin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  4. 4.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd)

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic condition of the lungs and the airways in the lungs. Damage has occured due to long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs, such as cigarette smoke or air pollution. This damage can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance and cough. A common cold or other types of infection can cause symptoms to worden acutely, this is called an exacerbation.

    Often a lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough and dyspnea related to smoking, cough, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    cough and dyspnea related to smoking
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Panic or Anxiety Attack(s)

    Panic or anxiety attacks are sudden feelings of intense fear or stress without true danger. Symptoms usually peak and then decrease within minutes. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. A panic attack can be a very scary experience and should be taken seriously.

    Depending on recurrence

    Rarity:
    Common
    Symptoms that always occur with panic or anxiety attack(s):
    anxiety or anxiety/panic attacks
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. Unless treated quickly and aggressively, DKA can lead to coma and death.

    No lasting effects if treated quickly, but risk of death if not identified early.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), fatigue, nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with diabetic ketoacidosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Rapid, Deep Breaths

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a cough?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?

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Rapid, Deep Breaths Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced rapid, deep breaths have also experienced:

    • 5% Tight, Heavy, Squeezing Chest Pain
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Cough
  • People who have experienced rapid, deep breaths were most often matched with:

    • 42% Right Heart Failure (Cor Pulmonale)
    • 35% Asthma Attack
    • 21% Hyperventilation Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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