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19 yo out of breath and sometimes gulping for his breath

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My nephew is only 19 and is out of breath and sometimes gulping for his breath has had heart checks normal he has played soccer and was very fit but last 12 months his fitness levels have dropped because of his breathing checked his heart rate resting 83 he has been told could be stress but does not have stress problems could it be chemical brain imbalance serotonin cortisone levels

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replied September 29th, 2015
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A54065
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Its unlikely to be related to chemical brain imbalance, serotonin or cortisone levels. In case of Shortness of breath, cardiac cause needs to be ruled out. Lung disease such as asthma is common in this age group and needs to be looked for on physical examination/auscultation and pulmonary function tests. Anxiety and panic attacks can cause hyperventilation. Severe anemia can also cause shortness of breath. Please consult a pulmonologist for a complete workup.

Wishing you best of health


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