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Can high blood pressure cause shortness of breath?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When high blood pressure causes the heart muscle to thicken, there is less space for the oxygen-rich blood to flow from the lungs into the chamber or ventricle that pumps it to the rest of the body. This can cause blood to back up into the lungs, causing shortness of breath.



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