Why Is She So Short of Breath?

Over-the-counter drugs can be risky

By Tony Dajer|Thursday, March 31, 2005
The Emergency Room patient’s voice was as fragile and breathless as a Southern belle’s: “I know you will make me well, doctor,” she said. “But how could I be so weak? This isn’t me.” The  monitor registered a slightly low blood pressure, 98/65; a normal pulse, 76; and a robust blood oxygen level. “I’m not worried about you,” I said. “Your vital signs are fine. But I’m still not sure what’s causing this.” S...

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