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Difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease and resulting in shortness of breath. Also called air hunger.

[Latin dyspnoea, from Greek duspnoia : dus-, dys- + pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]

dysp·ne′ic (-nē′ĭk) adj.
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(dɪspˈni ə)

difficult or labored breathing.
[1675–85; dys- + -pnea]
dysp•ne′al, dysp•ne′ic, adj.
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dyspnea, dyspnoea

a condition of painful or difficult breathing. — dyspneic, dyspnoeic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dyspnea - difficult or labored respiration
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
orthopnea - form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect; associated with asthma and emphysema and angina pectoris
breathlessness, shortness of breath, SOB - a dyspneic condition
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n. disnea, dificultad en la respiración;
exertional ______ por esfuerzo.
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All the pregnant patients presenting with New York Heart Association Classification class >II dyspnea were included by consecutive non probability sampling technique after informed consent and Institutional Review Board approval, from second trimester (13 weeks) onwards with a live fetus.
Dyspnea, the sensation of difficult or labored breathing, is the most common symptom in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the primary symptom that limits physical activity in more advanced disease.
Dyspnea is a common symptom affecting up to the majority of adult patients admitted to emergency departments (EDs) and it may arise from a wide range of clinical conditions on the EDs such as heart failure, community-acquired pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or asthma.
Dyspnea, a distressing symptom of breathlessness that often leads patients to seek treatment, is a common clinical manifestation of pneumonia (Coccia, Palkowski, Schweitzer, Motoshi, & Ntusi, 2016).
The improvement in Dyspnea (Borg and Visual Analogue scale) and exercise tolerance (6-minute walk test) and MMRC grading were assessed 8 weeks later and the results of two groups were compared.
PARTICIPATION IN AT LEAST 20 days of pulmonary rehabilitation by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) resulted in statistically significant improvements in quality of life, perception of health status, functional capacity, dyspnea, and depression, in a retrospective analysis.
Dyspnea is a common symptom that affects up to 50% of patients admitted to acute, tertiary care hospitals and a quarter of patients seeking care in ambulatory settings [1].
The exclusion criteria were a Glasgow score < 15, Borg dyspnea score > 7 [9], instable heart disease, limited mobility, hemodynamic instability, and mechanical ventilation.
All patients were stratified according to the degree of dyspnea on admission, and interventions were given accordingly.
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Cardiac myxomas are considered an uncommon cause of peripartum dyspnea, with only 17 cases having been reported during pregnancy during the last 40 years.
For patients with COPD, dyspnea is a key complaint that is causally interrelated with impaired exercise capacity by creating a major barrier to the patient's ability to live an active life.