St George Cardiology

Phone
02 9553 7277

Address
Suite 16 Level 4, 1 South St
Kogarah NSW 2217

Holroyd Heart Centre

Phone
02 8604 0933

Address
Suite 16 Level 4, 1 South St
Kogarah NSW 2217

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a difficult symptom to assess. There are a variety of causes of breathessness.

 

1. Obesity

2. Lung disease

3. Smoking

4. Coronary ischaemia

5. Stiff heart syndrome (Diastolic dysfunction)

6. Pulmonary hypertension

7. Pulmonary embolism

 

The medical term for shortness of breat is dyspnea. Often there are multiple contributors to shortness of breath. Eliminating one factor can result in improvement, but usually does not eliminate the symptom completely.

 

Coronary disease is an important cause of breathlessness. It usually has chest pain as an associated symptom. However, diabetics and women may not experience chest pain.