(HealthDay News) -- Tachypnea is the medical term for breathing
that is abnormally rapid and shallow.
If you have the condition, the University of Maryland Medical
Center says possible causes include:
- A chronic respiratory illness, such as asthma or chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- An infection of the lungs, such as pneumonia.
- Chest pain.
- A blood clot in the lung, sometimes called a pulmonary
Symptoms of rapid, shallow breathing should not be self-treated,
and are "generally considered a medical emergency," the hospital
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