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Shortness of breath/lightheadedness when reading aloud

I homeschool my children and have started a program which requires more reading aloud.  I noticed that I feel a bit lightheaded/short of breath when I read aloud.  It also makes me feel sleepy and yawn.  I am concerned that this indicates an undiagnosed heart/lung disease.  I did have a pretty extensive heart workup 18 months ago.  EKGs, blood work, chest x-ray, echo, thallium stress test, 72 hour monitor, and a cath.  I know that reading aloud made me feel tired even back then.  If it was a lung problem would the cardiologist have picked up on something being wrong (I was in the hospital for 3 days and nights)?

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How much exercise do you get..just plain out of shape.....
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Hey, don't get so personal :).  Really out of shape because I'm afraid I'll drop dead if I try to exercise.  I know, not a very intelligent way to think, but there it is.  

Thanks for your response...I'm sure you're right.

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start by walking or riding a stationary bike.  Then you can build up from there.
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Perhaps you are hyperventilating when you are reading aloud and taking quick shallow breaths instead of deep ones. That can make you dizzy.
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