I have constant shortness of breath It's been that way

Patient

Q: I have constant shortness of breath. It's been that way for about 6 months. It's not debilitating, as I'm able to hike & run 20 to 40 miles a week. Sometimes, it even gets better after exercising. I've been taking my heart rate upon waking up in the morning. It's consistently in the mid to high 50s, which I have read is excellent for my age(44), so I don't really feel like it's a heart problem. I used to smoke cigarettes years ago, but I don't feel like it's COPD, as I never wheeze or cough, and I'm able to do very strenuous activities. I should also mention that my shortness of breath is often accompanied by a slight feeling of heartburn in my chest. My online "research" has led me to believe that it's either Acid Reflux/GERD/Silent Reflux or anxiety (although I don't seem to exhibit the classic anxiety symptoms like worry or dread).
I just want to breathe normally! What do you suggest? Thanks for your time.

Ps - no family history of heart disease or any serious medical problems.

Doctor

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: My lymphocytes ratio is 50% and count per cmm is 3400. Also the while blood cells count is 6.80 "normal". T...

Q: I was prescribed .5 mg clonazepam for anxiety. I took it 27 hours ago. Am I okay to enjoy a few drinks?

Q: Hi - I'm on Alesse for birth control and since having our daughter 7 months ago, I'm quite religious with my pill but...

Q: Hello I feel I may have an iron deficiency. I have been lightheaded and dizzy upon standing. I have also been more fa...

Q: I have had numerous symptoms for a longtime including chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. My ...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews