Medical Research Council Dyspnoea Scale

  • Grade 1 – not troubled by breathlessness except during strenuous exercise
  • Grade 2 – short of breath when hurrying or walking up a slight hill
  • Grade 3 – walks slower than contemporaries on the level because of breathlessness, or has to stop for breath when walking at own pace
  • Grade 4 – stops for breath after walking about 100m or after a few minutes on the level
  • Grade 5 – too breathless to leave the house, or breathless when dressing or undressing

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