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Shortness Of Breath After Light Physical Activity Is A Warning Sign Of Imminent Danger

February 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A 28-year Finnish study of twins finds that a sensation of breathlessness – known as dyspnea – during light daily activities can be an indicator of a higher risk of death. It is definitely is an indicator of exercise intolerance and low fitness. In the study, twins with persistent dyspnea (first  noticed in 1975 and 1981) and dyspnea developers (dyspnea noticed in 1981) had an increased risk of death compared to individuals without dyspnea symptoms. Easy shortness of breath also indicated an increased risk of death among individuals considered healthy at the 1981 baseline.
K. Waller et al., "Dyspnea and All-Cause Mortality: 28-Year Follow-up Study among Adult Twins. ", Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise, February 20, 2014, © American College of Sports Medicine
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