Leaders in Providing Comprehensive Pulmonary Care and Sleep Medicine Services, All Under One Roof, for patients in and around Altoona, PA
Breathing is a very unconscious activity - in fact, we do it automatically at least 20,000 times a day. Its sole purpose is to supply the body with oxygen and rid it of carbon dioxide. However, if anything interferes with that exchange of gasses - causing a deficit of oxygen or a surplus of carbon dioxide - the breathing rate will automatically increase to compensate. Patients then perceive that as shortness of breath or, in medical terms, dyspnea. Anything that increases the mechanical effort of breathing causes shortness of breath. A multitude of heart and lung diseases can cause profound dyspnea. And one common cause of dyspnea, "sighing respirations”, is even caused by anxiety.
At the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania, we aim to evaluate individuals and determine exactly what is behind their symptoms. Each patient is assigned to a team whose #1 goal is to make sure each patient receives the best care and service they need. We also offer a majority of testing in office to alleviate the need to go elsewhere for testing. Don’t wait until it is too late to make a difference. Call 814-946-2845 or book an appointment online!
Almost everyone experiences shortness of breath, the feeling of not getting enough air, at some point. An occasional bout of breathlessness can be a normal reaction to strenuous exercise or emotional distress. Obesity is a common cause of breathing difficulty even during mild exertion, because the lungs and heart are pulling with the extra weight. Fortunately, losing weight may often address this stress and make it easier for patients to breathe.
However, some medical disorders commonly cause chronic shortness of breath that does not go away on its own. These disorders include:
Shortness of breath is a symptom to take seriously. If you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor immediately:
There are a number of treatments that can address and minimize breathlessness. The most important step is to stop smoking.
Additionally treatments include: