What causes shortness of breath without exercise?
Causes of long-term breathlessness
Long-term breathlessness is usually caused by: obesity or being unfit. poorly controlled asthma. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – permanent damage to the lungs usually caused by years of smoking.
If shortness of breath happens when you’re clearly not exerting yourself, when you’re doing something you normally could do without feeling winded, or comes on suddenly, those are warning signs that a heart issue could potentially be to blame. 3. You already have an elevated risk of heart disease.
Can shortness of breath be caused by inactivity?
If you avoid activities that make you breathless, your muscles become weaker. Weaker muscles need more oxygen to work. Over time you feel more and more breathless. This is called the cycle of inactivity, or the cycle of breathlessness.