Prior to knowing shortness of breath causes, let us try to find  answers for the following few questions:

Is your breathing difficulty something like uncomfortable breathing; difficult breathing or just a feeling that you are unable to get enough air?

The next question is…

Does your breathing difficult always indicate a medical problem?

Some individuals don’t have any medical condition yet they feel breathlessness only with a mild exercise – climbing stairs or walking on elevated surfaces or by doing mild exercises. Some people have advanced lung disease and don’t feel breathlessness. How to detect your shortness of breath causes then?

Nasal congestion, asthma and obesity can also cause shortness of breath, but sometimes it can indicate heart problems as well. How to distinguish the cause?

What are the other causes of shortness of breath?

  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Anaemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Anxiety
  • Lower oxygen levels
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary artery hypertension
  • Obesity Tuberculosis
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rib fracture
  • Epiglottitis
  • Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

Shortness of breath and heart disease

Many people know that chest pain is the major symptom of heart disease, but the shortness of breath is not well known as another major symptom of heart disease.