An uncomfortable sensation of difficulty breathing. It may present as an acute or chronic sign of an underlying respiratory or heart disorder

Symptoms of Dyspnoea

The following features are indicative of Dyspnoea:
  • difficulty catching breath
  • anxiety or panicky feelings
  • noisy breathing
  • shallow breaths
  • increase pulse rate
  • wheezing
  • chest pain
  • cold
  • clammy skin
It is possible that Dyspnoea shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Dyspnoea

The following are the most common causes of Dyspnoea:
  • asthma
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • cardiac tamponade
  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • low blood pressure
  • pneumonia
  • pulmonary embolism
  • sudden blood loss

Risk Factors for Dyspnoea

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Dyspnoea:
  • old age
  • smoking
  • hypertension
  • hyperlipidemia
  • diabetes

Prevention of Dyspnoea

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Dyspnoea. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid smoking
  • regular exercise

Occurrence of Dyspnoea

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Dyspnoea cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Dyspnoea most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • aged over 50 years

Common Gender

Dyspnoea can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Dyspnoea

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Dyspnoea:
  • Imaging tests: To diagnose dyspnoea with X-rays and computed tomography (CT)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): To examine signs of a heart attack

Doctor for Diagnosis of Dyspnoea

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Dyspnoea:
  • Cardiologist

Complications of Dyspnoea if untreated

It is not know if Dyspnoea causes complications if left untreated.

Procedures for Treatment of Dyspnoea

The following procedures are used to treat Dyspnoea:
  • Electrical stimulation: To induce an increase in the muscular oxidative capacity

Self-care for Dyspnoea

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Dyspnoea:
  • Exercise: To reduce ventilatory load
  • Respiratory muscle training: To improve muscle performance

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Dyspnoea

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Dyspnoea:
  • Physiotherapy: Movement strategy to facilitate breathing

Patient Support for Treatment of Dyspnoea

The following actions may help Dyspnoea patients:
  • Join Online Support groups: Provides information about the condition of dyspnea

Time for Treatment of Dyspnoea

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Dyspnoea to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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