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The victim is usually aware of the unusual breathing pattern. Shortness of breath can be an indicator of many physical ailments including simple exertion, a panic attack, a blow to the chest, asthma, cardiac disease, as well as exposure to toxic chemicals. If a person is suffering from shortness of breath, evaluate them for additional symptoms and possible exposures. Keep the victim in a sitting position. Remove the victim to fresh air if possible and seek medical attention.
Dysp*ne"a (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. δυσπνοια
, fr. short of breath; pref. δυσ ill, hard + πνοια, , breathing, to blow, breathe: cf. F. dyspnée.] Med.
Difficulty of breathing.
© Webster 1913.
Originally mis-noded as dyspna
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