What is shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

Dyspnea is considered a symptom of when someone is short of breath, suggests David Kamrava, MD, of West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Watch this video to learn more.
Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, is a common symptom and often occurs during exercise or exertion. Chronic dyspnea can greatly affect quality of life and limit participation in activities that many people enjoy. Because dyspnea can be attributed to many conditions, it can be difficult to accurately diagnose. Occasional shortness of breath can be common with overexertion or with a temporary respiratory infection. Chronic dyspnea, including dyspnea that occurs regularly with exercise, dyspnea that persists after initial treatment, or dyspnea that remains unexplained after diagnostic testing should be evaluated by a physician with expertise in dyspnea and its underlying causes.

Continue Learning about Breathing Disorders

Breathing Disorders

Many conditions can cause a breathing disorder, and all breathing disorders involve shortness of breath. The scope of breathing disorders is so big that there is no standard definition for breathing difficulty. You may have an obs...

truction in the airway, or a muscle problem, or a disease. Whatever the cause, if you are having trouble breathing, it can be a serious condition, and you should consult your physician. If acute, a trip to the emergency room is in order.

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