Pulmonologist Abakumov: after COVID-19, shortness of breath may occur due to another illness
After suffering COVID-19 breathing exercises to reduce shortness of breath may not help because shortness of breath may be associated with other medical conditions. Five reasons for the deterioration of the rhythm and depth of breathing were named by the therapist, pulmonologist Oleg Abakumov, according to Doctor Peter.
“Inflate at least 100 thousand balloons, if the cause of shortness of breath lies in a disease of some organ, a problem with breathing will not dare. Worse, you can waste time and aggravate the situation, “Abakumov said.
According to him, breathing exercises can help with immobilization – a process when the intercostal muscles and diaphragm weaken due to illness.
The second cause of shortness of breath can be lung diseases, including fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To exclude such diagnoses, you need to undergo a computed tomography of the chest, spirography and a blood test for specific immunoglobulins of class E, the specialist explained.
Shortness of breath can occur due to anemia – a lack of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the circulating blood. According to Abakumov, blood tests for ferritin, iron and hemoglobin are needed to make such a diagnosis.
The pulmonologist said that the causes of shortness of breath can be heart failure if a person has swelling or problems with blood pressure. Thrombosis of the artery of the lungs also affects the deterioration of the rhythm and depth of breathing. The main symptoms of this disease are chest pain and hemoptysis.
Earlier, doctor Alexei Vodovozov named the reasons to call an ambulance for coronavirus. According to him, first of all, it is necessary to pay attention to breathing – in case of shortness of breath, you need to call a doctor. It is important to understand the dynamics and, if the lack of air increases, seek medical attention, he said.