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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Shortness of Breath in Adults

There are still several possibilities that we should explore. Next let's examine if you have other symptoms that suggest heart failure, fluid backing up in the lungs because of abnormal heart function.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • shortness of breath or a cough that is worse when lying down

  • need to prop yourself up with pillows to fall asleep

  • swollen legs

  • history of heart disease.

Yes, I have one or more of these symptoms.

No, none of these apply to me.

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