Matthew Jones, MD
Interventional Cardiologist located in Brooklyn, NY
It’s common to experience shortness of breath. However, if you’ve been having shortness of breath regularly, especially in combination with other worrisome symptoms, you may be suffering from a heart condition. Interventional cardiologist Matthew Jones, MD, at BKLYNCardio in Brooklyn, New York can help. He’ll work with you to determine the cause of your shortness of breath and create a treatment plan for your needs. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment with BKLYNCardio online today.
Shortness of Breath Q & A
What is shortness of breath?
Shortness of breath is a feeling that you can’t get enough air into your lungs, which can be a scary experience. Symptoms of shortness of breath include:
- Difficulty breathing
- A wheezing sound while breathing
- Breathing problems during physical activity or when you lie down
- Breathlessness that doesn’t go away after 30 minutes of rest
- An inability to breathe deeply
- Chest tightness
While it’s a common health condition, shortness of breath can indicate a heart attack or other serious health problems. That’s why seeking medical attention is so important.
What causes shortness of breath?
Often shortness of breath is the natural result of an activity or other factors that aren’t dangerous. However, shortness of breath can also be associated with lung or heart conditions that prevent oxygen from being delivered throughout your body.
If you’re struggling to get enough air, it might be due to:
- Asthma, allergies, or an allergic reaction
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Heart attack, heart failure, or another heart condition
- Low blood pressure
- Pulmonary infections or a blood clot in the lung
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Overweight or obesity
- Strenuous physical exertion
- A panic attack
If shortness of breath is sudden or severe and is accompanied by chest pain or pressure, call 911 for immediate medical attention as you could be having a heart attack.
What is the treatment for shortness of breath?
At BKLYNCardio, Dr. Jones first determine what’s causing your shortness of breath. He may have you complete an electrocardiogram (ECG) or diagnostic imaging test to determine if you have a heart or blood vessel disorder.
Depending on the underlying cause of your shortness of breath, Dr. Jones discusses possible treatment options with you. Examples may include:
- Taking certain medications
- Losing weight if you’re overweight
- Making dietary changes
- Getting regular exercise
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Minimally-invasive heart procedures
- Bypass surgery in severe cases
Minimally-invasive heart procedures clear blockages in your arteries and remove plaque buildup. Based on your medical profile, Dr. Jones recommends which procedure, if any, is right for you. Sometimes making simple lifestyle changes is all that’s needed to ease shortness of breath.
Dr. Jones always recommends the most conservative, least invasive option first and refers you to another specialist if necessary.
When you’re ready to find out what’s causing your shortness of breath, call BKLYNCardio today or schedule an appointment online.