Dyspnea during pregnancy. Distinguishing cardiac from pulmonary causes

Clin Chest Med. 1992 Dec;13(4):567-85.


Dyspnea is common during normal pregnancy; however, a variety of significant cardiac and pulmonary disorders present with this as a cardinal symptom. This article describes the cardiopulmonary and clinical findings of pregnancy as well as specific disease indicators in the more common causes of cardiac and pulmonary dyspnea during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dyspnea / etiology*
  • Female
  • Heart Diseases / complications
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Hemodynamics / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / complications
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy / physiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology*
  • Respiration / physiology