NYC Shortness of Breath / Difficulty Breathing (Dyspnea) Treatment
Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, also known as dyspnea, is a worrisome sensation. It can be accompanied by the feeling that normal breathing is difficult or that breathing may require more effort than usual. In other cases, the amount of air you are able to breathe in may feel inadequate. Shortness of breath can occur suddenly, while walking, when talking, after exercise, at rest, and more. Dyspnea can also be accompanied by anxiety, fatigue, and chest pain. There’s a wide range of possible causes that can contribute to shortness of breath. The sensation may occur one-time, may sporadically come and go, or it may be constant.
No matter the cause of your shortness of breath, a consultation at MXBowen, Physician, P.C., Health & Breathing Center is the first step to diagnosing your condition. We know just how distressing and unsettling this sensation can feel. That is why our practice is committed to personalized care and providing the full range of in-office diagnostic tests so that our pulmonologist Dr. Bowen can evaluate your symptoms, get to the bottom of your condition, and determine the appropriate shortness of breath treatment. If you are having difficulty breathing, contact us for an evaluation.
What causes dyspnea (shortness of breath)?
Shortness of breath or dyspnea may result from a long list of possible causes – from issues involving the respiratory system, the heart, the esophagus, the sinuses, or even emotional and psychological factors, among other things. In many cases, disorders of the cardiac or respiratory systems are at the root of the problem.
Potential causes of dyspnea may include:
- Asthma – Reversible airway obstruction associated with wheezing
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – Including chronic or asthmatic bronchitis, and other smoking-related diseases
- Emphysema – Irreversible airway obstruction
- Pulmonary fibrosis – Scarring of lungs
- Pulmonary hypertension – Vascular/circulatory diseases of the lungs
- Pulmonary embolism – Blood clots in the lungs
- Pulmonary edema – Excess water in the lungs
- Pulmonary infections – Including acute bronchitis and pneumonia, leading to mucous obstruction and poor oxygenation
- Pneumothorax – Lung collapse
- Pleural effusion – Water around the lungs
- Upper airway obstruction – Associated with infections or tumors of the respiratory tract
- Lung cancer – Primary malignancy or metastatic disease from other cancers spreading to the lungs
- Chronic lung infections – Including tuberculosis and fungal infections
- Cardiovascular diseases – Including heart failure and coronary artery disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea – Along with other sleep disturbance syndromes
- Rheumatologic and other metabolic disorders – Inflammatory interstitial lung diseases
- Neuromuscular disorders – Including diaphragmatic paralysis, respiratory muscle weakness and skeletal deformities of the chest
What symptoms may coincide with shortness of breath/dyspnea?
Along with shortness of breath, it’s also possible that you may experience other related symptoms, such as:
- Chronic cough
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Chest tightness or pain
- Heart palpitations (fast heart rate)
- Dizziness or light headedness
There are many things that can contribute to difficulty breathing and it’s critical that you seek an evaluation from an experienced pulmonologist and breathing specialist to get to the bottom of your particular symptoms. Whether your shortness of breath just came on suddenly or it has been an ongoing problem, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowen as soon as possible. We can provide effective and long-term shortness of breath treatment.