What is Shortness of Breath?

Shortness of BreathShortness of breath is an unexplained and sudden tightening of the chest that make you feel like you won’t be able to catch your breath.

How do I get Shortness of Breath?

Shortness of Breath It can have many causes, but always points to lung or heart malfunction.

What are the symptoms?

By definition Shortness of Breath is when you feel you cannot get air into your lungs. When this happens you need to check your circumstances. Are you doing extreme exercise, extremely overweight or in high elevations? If you are a normally healthy person, it’s probably not necessary to see a Doctor. In any other context, check with your Primary Care Physician immediately. Other symptoms can include: Swelling in your feet and ankles, fever and chills, trouble breathing when lying flat or lips and fingers turning blue.

What is the treatment?

If you smoke…Stop! Your Doctor will need to do some detective work to determine what may be causing the problem and then will determine a treatment plan accordingly. If it has to do with COPD, medication and therapy will be used to help the symptoms. If you experience Shortness of Breath; Watch your weight and environmental exposure, don’t go into high elevations and use your oxygen if prescribed.

Will I get better?

This will depend on the reasons for the Shortness of Breath. In some cases, the symptoms can improve.

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