Shortness of Breath

Shortness of Breath

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, also called dyspnea, can sometimes be harmless as the result of exercise or nasal congestion. In other situations, it may be a sign of a more serious heart or lung disease.


  • Heart disease or heart attack (in this case, shortness of breath may be accompanied by swelling of the feet/ankles).
  • Lung disease.
  • Emphysema.
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma or allergies.
  • Anemia
  • Panic attacks.
  • Airway obstructions, exposure to cigarette smoke or extreme exposure to dust or fumes.
  • Obesity or lack of exercise.
  • High altitudes.
  • Blood flow disruption in getting oxygen to the brain.
  • Intense emotional anxiety or stress.

Treatment Plans vary due to services provided.