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Shortness of Breath: Take Action to Breathe Easier

May 8, 2016 12:00 PM
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Shortness of breath has many causes. In generally healthy people this condition can happen occasionally during strenuous exercise, very high or low temperatures, or when visiting high altitudes. When you’re short of breath, it can feel as if you can’t get enough air or that you are suffocating. People experiencing this condition can become anxious, worsening the symptoms.

All cells in the body need a steady supply of oxygen to power metabolism. They also need to exchange waste products including carbon dioxide. This process is called respiration. In people with chronic heart or lung conditions such as asthma, COPD, or congestive heart failure, the oxygen exchange process is not functioning optimally for very different reasons, often leading to shortness of breath. People who smoke or who are very overweight can also experience shortness of breath because of the severe strain placed on the lungs.

If you regularly suffer from shortness of breath, be sure to see one of our caring pulmonologists who will prescribe treatment and help you develop a personal action plan. Knowing how to keep your breathing under control and what you must do if it suddenly worsens can relieve anxiety and prevent trips to the emergency department or urgent care center.

Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find a skilled, compassionate pulmonary physician near you.

 

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