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Top 6 Shortness of Breath After More Than 2 Flights of Stairs Causes

  1. 1.Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease in which the heart muscle (myocardium) becomes abnormally thick (hypertrophied). This happens sometimes as a result of long-term elevated blood pressure, and sometimes without any particular reason. The thickened heart muscle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Cardiomyopathy is usually treated with prescription medication to slow down the heart rate and make the heart squeeze less forcefully. In severe cases of cardiomyopathy, an operation called myectomy is performed to remove a segment of thickened muscle from the wall dividing the right and left ventricle (the septum).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, racing heart beat, shortness of breath on exertion
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Aortic Valve Regurgitation

    Aortic valve regurgitation is a condition that occurs when your heart's aortic valve doesn't close tightly. This allows some of the blood that was just pumped out of the lower left chamber (left ventricle) to leak back into it.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours if you are feeling fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular pulse or sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat. Depending on severity, you may or may not need treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, racing heart beat, shortness of breath on exertion, shortness of breath when lying down, brief fainting episode
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Atrial Fibrillation

    An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. The atria comprise two out of the four chambers of the heart. When their beat is disturbed, symptoms such as a racing heart, chest pain, breathlessness, and dizziness may occur.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. The symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be hard to distinguish from a heart attack, so better be safe.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, racing heart beat, lightheadedness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  4. 4.Bacterial Pneumonia

    Bacterial pneumonia is the infection of the lungs with bacteria (as opposed to a fungus or a virus).

    You should go see a doctor within the next day since this diagnosis requires a chest X-ray in addition to a doctor's assessment. Treatment with antibiotics is important to keeping the infection under control, which can become dangerous if it spreads or worsens within the lungs.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, headache, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial pneumonia:
    cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.Sarcoidosis

    Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that most often affects the lungs and skin, but can als affect the joints.

    You should visit your physician to discuss your symptoms when convenient.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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.

    Though there is no medication for COPD that has demonstrated the ability to reverse the decreasing long-term lung function associated with the disease, your doctor will be able to provide you with next steps for managing the disease. Some possible next steps include cessation of smoking, pulmonary rehabilitation and inhalation medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    hidden: any cardinal symptom copd
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shortness of Breath After More Than 2 Flights of Stairs

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Shortness of Breath After More Than 2 Flights of Stairs Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced shortness of breath after more than 2 flights of stairs have also experienced:

    • 11% Fatigue
    • 8% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 5% Shortness of Breath When Lying Down
  • People who have experienced shortness of breath after more than 2 flights of stairs had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced shortness of breath after more than 2 flights of stairs were most often matched with:

    • 20% Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • 11% Aortic Valve Regurgitation
    • 9% Atrial Fibrillation

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