Breathing difficulty lying down

Breathing difficulty or breathlessness when lying down, face upwards (supine), is called orthopnea. The patient may find it difficult to sleep lying down without being propped up with pillows, or may sleep in an armchair. Alternatively, this symptom needs to ...

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Causes

Causes of breathlessness or shortness of breath when lying supine (orthopnea) include:

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