Shortness of breath can be a warning sign of a severe underlying problem that needs medical attention. Board-certified pulmonologists Anthony Nebor, MD, and Asif Najmuddin, MD, diagnose and treat many lung problems that cause shortness of breath at Fivestar Pulmonary Associates in Allen, Plano, and Mckinney, Texas. If you or a loved one has shortness of breath, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea, may be due to various heart and lung conditions. Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly may be a sign of a medical emergency like a heart attack or a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
When shortness of breath continues for weeks or longer, it’s most likely due to:
Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation in the airways and excess mucus production, which makes it difficult to breathe. Other symptoms of asthma include wheezing and chest tightness.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition that often involves periods of worsened symptoms called exacerbations. COPD symptoms may include wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing up mucus.
Interstitial lung disease involves progressive scarring of your lung tissue. In addition to shortness of breath, interstitial lung disease may cause a dry cough.
Bronchiectasis is permanent lung damage that results from an infection or condition like cystic fibrosis. The airway damage causes a daily cough that produces large amounts of mucus.
Pleural effusion is a build-up of excess fluid in the pleura, the tissues surrounding your lungs. Pleural effusion can cause a dry cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing while lying down.
If you’re concerned about your shortness of breath, contact your doctor right away. They may refer you to Fivestar Pulmonary Associates if they think you have a lung disease that needs treatment, like COPD. You can also make an appointment directly with Fivestar Pulmonary Associates.
First, your provider at Fivestar Pulmonary Associates performs a physical exam and asks about your symptoms and medical history. They may order a variety of tests, such as:
These tests help your provider confirm a diagnosis, evaluate your condition, and develop an effective treatment plan.
Fivestar Pulmonary Associates tailors treatment to your specific needs. Depending on the cause of your shortness of breath, treatment may include:
Fivestar Pulmonary Associates can recommend products and programs to help with your smoking cessation.
For comprehensive care of shortness of breath, call Fivestar Pulmonary Associates, or book an appointment online.