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Bendopnea Symptoms

Shortness of breath—dyspnea—is the singular symptom of bendopnea. Sometimes dyspnea is accompanied by pressure or tightness in the chest or a feeling of suffocation that can in turn bring on feelings of panic.

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In a 2016 study, people who experienced bendopnea were found to have a higher incidence of other types of dyspnea, namely orthopnea (shortness of breath when lying down) and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND) (dyspnea so dramatic it can awaken a person from deep sleep).


Bendopnea occurs when the heart can't compensate for fluid shifts and pressure placed on the abdomen that result when you bend over. People with heart failure tend to retain higher-than-normal amounts of fluid and so they are especially vulnerable to the movement of fluid and the stress it puts on the heart.


Testing for bendopnea is a straightforward matter of having a patient sit down and bend over at the waist. If they experience shortness of breath within 30 seconds of doing this, bendopnea is diagnosed.

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Since bendopnea is a symptom of heart failure, there is no targeted treatment for it. However, it may be alleviated if heart failure is well controlled. This typically involves a combination of medications, including diuretics, which remove excess fluid from the body, restriction of salt from the diet, as sodium contributes to fluid retention, and, in advanced cases, implantation of a defibrillator or other procedures.