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Shortness of Breath Q & A
What is shortness of breath?
What causes shortness of breath?
A healthy person might experience shortness of breath in hot weather, at high altitudes, or during strenuous exercise. Other reasons for breathing difficulty can include:
- An allergic reaction
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Anxiety attacks
- Pulmonary embolism
- Lung disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
If you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, weakness, or discomfort in your arms, jaw, neck, or back, it could be a sign of a heart attack. In such a situation, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 without delay to receive the necessary medical care and evaluation.
How does my provider diagnose shortness of breath?
To diagnose shortness of breath and its cause, the New York Specialty Clinics team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They ask about past diagnoses and medications you may take. Your provider checks your heart and breathing and completes a physical examination.
They might recommend one of the following diagnostic testing procedures to detect or rule out specific medical problems:
- Blood tests
- Asthma testing
- Allergy tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress test
- Cardiac catheterization
- CT scans
- Holter monitoring
A Holter monitor is a portable device you wear for about 24-72 hours. It can detect and record heart irregularities that don’t appear during traditional EKGs.
The experts at New York Specialty Clinics might recommend you undergo multiple diagnostic procedures to get to the root cause of shortness of breath and develop a treatment plan.
What are my treatment options?
Seeing a health care professional at the first sign of shortness of breath is ideal, as it could be a sign of a serious problem.
If you or a loved one experiences shortness of breath, see the experts at New York Specialty Clinics. Schedule an appointment by calling the office, booking online, or walking into the nearest location today.
Do you experience leg fatigue, cramping, and pain? You might have Peripheral Vascular Disease.
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