DYSPNEA (SHORTNESS OF BREATH)
What Causes Dyspnea?
Dyspnea (shortness of breath) can be caused by:
Diseases of the heart:
Disease of the lungs:
What are the Signs/Symptoms of Dyspnea?
Shortness of breath includes difficulty breathing at rest, with activity, while trying to lie flat, and/or waking up short of breath; 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.