DYSPNEA (SHORTNESS OF BREATH)

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What Causes Dyspnea?

Dyspnea (shortness of breath) can be caused by:

  • Heart Conditions:

  • Lung Conditions:

  • Systemic Disorders​:

  • Blood clots

  • Bone marrow

  • Thyroid

  • Immune system

  • Deconditioning

What are the Signs/Symptoms of Dyspnea?

Signs and symptoms of shortness of breath include difficulty breathing at rest, with activity, while trying to lie flat, and/or waking up short of breath. These symptoms can be gradual or sudden in onset.

How is Dyspnea Diagnosed?

Testing for dyspnea includes:

What are the Treatments for Dyspnea?

Treatment for shortness of breath depends on managing the underlying cause which may including medication, procedures, diet/lifestyle modification, exercise, and sometimes oxygen.