Short Breath


Last Updated April 8th, 2019

What is shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath, which is also called dyspnea, is a medical condition that complicates the ability to fully get air into the lungs.  Shortness of breath is related to the problems with the heart and lungs and can harm breathing. People may experience shortness of breath suddenly for short periods of time and others may experience it over the long term.

sHORT BREATH fanIf the shortness of breath is not caused by a medical emergency, several types of home treatments are effective at helping alleviate this condition, which may involve changing position to relax the body and airways. Most causes of shortness of breath are due to heart and lung conditions since the heart and lungs are involved in transporting oxygen to the body and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes affect breathing.

Breathing is managed by the brain by signaling the interaction between the chemicals from the blood and the air available during breathing. Oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, and the amount of hemoglobin in blood play a vital role.

If blood carbon dioxide levels rise, the brain signals the body to increase the breathing rate, which can result in deeper or faster breaths and this may lead to a feeling of breathing difficulty. Similarly, too much acid in the blood from an infection, accumulation of lactic acid and other systemic causes can promote the increase in the breathing rate and the feeling of shortness of breath.

What are the symptoms?

A person experiencing shortness of breath or dyspnea may experience the following symptoms:

  • Breathless.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Hungry for air (air hunger).
  • Unable to breathe deeply.

Shortness of breath can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting).  Acute dyspnea starts within a few minutes or hours, which occurs with other symptoms like a fever, rash, or a cough.  Chronic dyspnea can make a person feel out of breath with everyday tasks, such as walking or standing up from a sitting position.

What are the causes?

sHORT BREATH quit smokingShortness of breath is generally caused due to heart or lung involvement. Heart and lungs are involved in transporting oxygen to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes affect the breathing. Shortness of breath that occurs suddenly, which is called acute shortness of breath has a limited number of causes, including:

  • Asthma (bronchospasm).
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Cardiac tamponade (excess fluid around the heart).
  • Heart attack.
  • Heart failure.
  • Hypotension.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Collapsed lung.
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in an artery of the lung).
  • Sudden blood loss
  • Upper airway obstruction (blockage of airway used for breathing).

Shortness of breath that has lasted for weeks or longer, which is called as chronic shortness of breath is most often associated with numerous health conditions such as asthma, heart dysfunction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity. A number of other health conditions also can make it hard to get enough air which includes:

  • Lung problems associated with shortness of breath include croup, tuberculosis, collections of inflammatory cells in the body, high blood pressure within the lungs’ blood vessels, or excess fluid in the lungs.
  • Heart problems associated with shortness of breath include a problem with the heart muscle, heart rhythm problems, inflammation of the heart tissue, and heart failure.
  • Other health conditions may also contribute to shortness of breath namely anemia, anxiety disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, muscle weakness, swelling of the lid of the windpipe, etc.

How is it diagnosed?

It is important to consult a doctor when a person develops shortness of breath.  The doctor will discuss a careful history and also do a physical exam to assess the situation.  The doctor may put forward some questions to the patient such as:

  • The first experience of shortness of breath?
  • How did it first begin, do symptoms occur at rest or only with activity?
  • If the shortness of the breath is associated with exertion?
  • What type of exertion?
  • What is the severity of shortness of breath during sitting and lying down?
  • If there are any symptoms associated with shortness of breath,
  • Is there a personal or family history of any heart or lung problems,
  • If the person smokes

Evaluation of the severity and complications

Evaluation includes certain tests and mainly depends on the symptoms and physical findings and may include at least either one among checking the pulse oximetry to check for the amount of oxygen in the blood, electrocardiogram, which is used to evaluate the signs of a heart attack, chest x-ray to look for infections or abnormal growths, certain blood work to assess anemia, as well as pulmonary function tests which evaluates for asthma, emphysema, and other lung conditions.  

Other tests following evaluation may include CT scan of the chest, echocardiogram, stress test, as well as bronchoscopy. If the shortness of breath is uncontrollable, has occurred suddenly, associated with chest pain, lightheadedness, and a feeling of impending doom may warrant immediate medical attention since these symptoms may turn out to be life-threatening.

Lifestyle changes to improve breathing

The following points can help in preventing the shortness of breath to occur:

  • Once a person is tobacco-free, the risks of heart and lung disease and cancer drop.
  • Lose weight appropriately if overweight.
  • If a person is suffering from an underlying health condition, take immediate medical care.
  • Educate about the causes and symptoms associated with shortness of breath.
  • Avoid exertion at elevations higher than 5,000 feet (1,524 meters). If a person relies on supplemental oxygen, be sure the supply is adequate and the equipment works properly.

Treatment options for short breath

A simple way to control shortness of breath is by a method called purse-lipped breathing.  This method helps to quickly slow the pace of breathing, which makes each breath deeper and more effective to release air that is trapped in the lungs.Steps to perform pursed-lip breathing:

  • Relax the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Slowly breathe in through the nose for two counts, keeping the mouth closed.
  • Purse your lips as if you’re about to whistle.
  • Breathe out slowly and gently through your pursed lips to the count of four.

Resting while sitting can also help relax the body and make breathing easier.Steps include:

  • Sit in a chair with the feet flat on the floor and try to lean the chest slightly forward.
  • Rest the elbows on the knees or hold the chin with the hands and remember to keep the neck and shoulder muscles relaxed.
  • Having both a chair and table to use may be more comfortable in the sitting position to catch the breath.

sHORT BREATH yogaSleeping in a relaxed position:  Try lying on the side with a pillow between the legs and the head elevated by pillows while keeping the back straight.  Another way is to lie on the back with the head elevated and the knees bent, with a pillow under the knees. Both of these positions help the body and airways relax, making breathing easier.

Diaphragmatic breathing can also help with shortness of breath.Steps include:

  • Sit in a chair with bent knees and relaxed shoulders, head, and neck.
  • Place the hand on the stomach.
  • Breathe in slowly while feeling the stomach move with the hands.
  • Next, exhale and feel the stomach come forward and breath out through the mouth with pursed lips.

Studies have found that cool air can help relieve shortness of breath, which can be done by pointing a handheld fan toward the face.

Drinking coffee:  An ingredient in coffee called caffeine relaxes the muscles in the airways in people who are suffering from asthma and this can improve lung function.

Medical treatments

Depending on the lung function, and the overall health status, a doctor may recommend certain drugs to help the lungs function more effectively, and decrease symptoms.  Some of the common drugs that are used to treat lung problems may include:

  • Antianxiety medications: If the person is experiencing anxiety with dyspnea, depending on the cause, the healthcare provider chooses to prescribe an anti-anxiety medication, which is also called an anxiolytic.  These medications will help the person to relax.
  • Antibiotics – If the doctor or healthcare provider suspects a lung infection, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotic pills or intravenous (IV), depending on how severe the illness is, and the overall health status.
  • Anticoagulants – These medications prevent the blood from clotting, which may be ordered by the healthcare provider if a person has a suspected blood clot in the veins.
  • Anticholinergic agents – These type of drugs are given to people suffering from emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), and chronic bronchitis.  These agents help a person to breathe easier.
  • Bronchodilators – These drugs work by widening the lung passages, and providing relief of symptoms, including shortness of breath and these drugs are typically administered through inhalation but are also available in pill form.
  • Beta-agonists – Beta-agonists are a type of drug that can also be considered as bronchodilators since these drugs are capable of relaxing the airway smooth muscle, and block the release of substances that cause narrowing of the lungs.
  • Corticosteroids: Steroids help in decreasing the inflammation and swelling that is caused by many lung disorders.  There are two different ways of administering steroids, either by inhaling or through intravenous (IV).
  • Cough medications/Decongestants – These medications may help a person to feel more comfortable by suppressing the cough.  Guaifenesin is an active ingredient in many cough related medications, but can also be combined with other drugs to help in relieving the cough.  Guaifenesin, when combined with pseudoephedrine, acts as a decongestant.
  • Diuretics – Diuretics are also called water pills as they work to prevent or treat lung congestion by making a person urinate out extra fluid.
  • Oxygen therapy – If a person is suffering from shortness of breath at rest, or on exertion, the healthcare provider may order for oxygen therapy.

Shortness of breath, which is also called dyspnea, is a medical condition that complicates the ability to get adequate air into the lungs.  Shortness of breath is related to the problems with heart and lungs function and can harm breathing.  The many causes of shortness of breath make it difficult to be diagnosed and is usually a challenge.  Fast evaluation and aggressive treatment are the keys to the prognosis of this symptom.

Prevention

Shortness of breath can be prevented by following these instructions.

  • Avoid first hand and second-hand smoke, both are equally harmful.
  • Avoid environmental triggers such as toxins and allergens.
  • Losing weight can help with breathing problems.
  • Avoid higher altitudes.
  • Address medical conditions with your doctor as cardiac problems too can cause dyspnea.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Make yourself comfortable and relax your neck and shoulders.
  • Stop panicking.
  • Try the two count breathing exercise through your nose.
  • Make use of the inhaler if you have one at home.
  • Seek medical treatment if the symptoms persist.
Don'ts
  • Panic or overexert yourself.
  • Expose yourself to toxins and allergens.
  • Hunch over during the episode of dyspnea.
  • Ignore mild symptoms.

 

 

 

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Arterial Blood Gas Analysis Arterial blood gas analysis is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the volume of oxygen and carbon dioxide…
Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (tTG) Test Transglutaminase is an enzyme present in our body and is involved in protein metabolism. A tTg test is…
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Androstenedione Test Androstenedione is produced by the adrenal gland, the test of the levels of Androstenedione helps in the evaluation…
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Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
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9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
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Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
The right way to prepare Alfalfa sprouts at home Alfalfa or lusan ghas is not just a nutritious animal fodder. This flavonoid-rich herb has some amazing health…
Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the local culture. It…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
11 unbelievable health benefits of thyme you didn’t know! Thyme is a herb that has been used in alternative medicine.It is a well known seasoning in the…
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Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
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Hepatitis B Envelope Antigen (HBeAg) The HBeAg or hepatitis B envelope antigen test is a screening test used to diagnose the onset of…
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Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
Agave nectar: The bitter truth about this sweetener revealed Agave nectar is considered to be sweeter than the normal table sugar and even contains higher amounts of…
Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that bromelain can bring…
Find all the instant ways to get rid of blackheads Blackheads - Not only are they aesthetically unappealing but if left untreated these can cause bacterial overgrowth on…
Tattoo Aftercare: The best practices to follow once you get inked Planning getting permanently inked? Make sure you follow these critical tattoo aftercare techniques to avoid infectious agents attacking…
Inversion Therapy: The anti-gravity way of healing chronic back pain Inversion therapy involves suspending a person upside dow using different types of equipment. This works by taking the…
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Anemia Profile Anemia Profile test (Basic) is a blood screening test that measures the levels of important components of the…
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Immunoglobulin M Test Immunoglobulin M is the largest and the first produced antibody which helps in the prevention or fighting of…
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Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
macadamia nuts in food
Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
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Sugar: 7 new shocking truths revealed about the sweet poison Can drinking soda bring you closer to death? Is sugar slowly poisoning you and your family? You would…
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Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you didn't know about…
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L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
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Kefir: Top reasons why this probiotic drink should be consumed by you Yet another remarkable fermented food, kefir is a much healthier version of yogurt. These chewy white grains can…
The complete “what to eat” guide for gluten intolerance Does eating breads and pastas often makes you nauseous? Gluten intolerance is a common reason why you might…
Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
Oxidative Stress: Understanding the most lethal phenomenon happening in your body right now Free radicals cause damage to the body, which is known as oxidation.  The amount of oxidation caused by…
Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a tangy flavor to…
How accurate is the hair follicle drug test? Hair follicle drug test is one of the best ways to identify drug use in professional circles. But…
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What does hypoglycemia look like when you don’t have diabetes? Hypoglycemia is not just a disease that co-occurs with diabetes. Non-diabetics could also become hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia can be…
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Beware: Ignoring these tell-tale signs of stroke could cost a life The signs and symptoms of a stroke differ depending on which part of the brain has been affected.…
Bubble Tea: Bubbling with nutrition or a hidden sugar mine? The tapioca pearls present in the tea looks like bubbles and hence the name bubble tea became popular.…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
EEG
Electroencephalogram – EEG EEG or electroencephalogram is a diagnostic tool used to access the functioning of neurons and brain activity to…
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Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
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VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
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Cardiac Profile Cardiac profile is panel of blood tests performed to check cholesterol level and other heart disease markers to…
Okra: How can this nutrient-dense vegetable help you fight diabetes? Okra is a food which is rich in nutrients and minerals which are extremely essential for a healthy…