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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113


Department of Medicine, MG Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication17-Sep-2019

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Dr. O P Gupta
Department of Medicine, MG Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmgims.jmgims_36_19

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How to cite this article:
Gupta O P. Breathlessness. J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci 2019;24:113

How to cite this URL:
Gupta O P. Breathlessness. J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Mar 28];24:113. Available from: https://www.jmgims.co.in/text.asp?2019/24/2/113/267008

“Man's conscious state is awareness of body and breath”

A symbol of love and eternity like a Christmas wreath

Breathing is fundamental to life, an effortless act

The brain influences it, and body reacts

The physical and psychological phenomenon unfolds

Within the time and space of the living world

Its multiple dimensions convey meaning, and complexity,

Rhythm with emotions, thoughts and life's sustainability

The bellows of lungs and diaphragm go on

Playing the life's symphony like an accordion

The wind-pipe and the numerous minute air-sacs

Transporting oxygen and nutrition to all nook and recess

Trillion of cells, breathe, throwing the toxins out

Keeps the life's clock ticking, and stout

Disregarding the laws of health bring in the sickness

When addiction to smoking comes as a weakness

The pleasure of moments changing life forever

The curtains drawn, windows closed for air

Pollutants in atmosphere, be the gases or the dust

Cooking bio-fuel and ignorance about are the worst

Swelling of inner linings, 'cause of inflammation

Chronicity clogs the tubes, air-sacs deformation

Spouse and children, and colleagues, passively smoke

Unaware of the situation, later they do choke

Cough with flegm, ignored usually until it is grown

Changing the chemistry, and synchronicity tumbles down

Fear clutches at one's throat like a terrible beast

And suddenly it becomes difficult to breathe

Minimum effort make the breathing stilted

Progresses to cause agony, loss of strength, panic and guilt

Intensified fear and Insecurity creeps in, affecting DALYS

When diagnosed COAD, an asthma's ally

Spirometry diagnoses and estimates bronchodilator response

Pulse–oxymeter measures need for oxygen at once

Air hunger needs oxygen, and nebulization

Bronchodilators and pulmonologist's consultation

In long term, may affect heart, brain and nerves

Arrhythmias, heart failure and dwindling oxygen reserves

Prevention is always better than cure

Smoking cessations and reducing exposure

Segregating industrial area, reducing vehicular emission,

Better housing, planting trees, bring in prolonged remissions.


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