Normally, breathing is an unconscious event that happens unnoticed. The act of breathing, apart from heavy exercise, becomes noticeable, and the person becomes aware of the difficulty in breathing, called ‘dyspnea or shortness of breath’.
SHOULD I GO TO THE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY?
Shortness of breath, which is one of the common complaints; It may be due to serious problems in the respiratory, cardiovascular and blood system.
Shortness of breath that develops within hours and days is defined as acute dyspnea: exacerbation of asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), pneumonia, pulmonary embolism (clot in the pulmonary artery), cardiogenic pulmonary oedema (accumulation of fluid in the lung due to heart disease), neuropsychiatric diseases. are among the reasons.
Chronic dyspnea is shortness of breath for longer than 1 month. It is usually seen above the age of 55. Often it is progressive. Shortness of breath initially with effort can also be seen at rest over time. Common causes of the lung: COPD, interstitial lung diseases (hardening of the lung); Nonpulmonary causes include congestive heart failure, anaemia, thyroid diseases, and obesity.
In the case of the above-mentioned complaints, it is recommended that the patient be evaluated by a pulmonologist.
However, if there is a sudden onset of severe shortness of breath, it is more appropriate to apply to the emergency department because of the life-threatening situations such as spontaneous pneumothorax (lung extinction), pulmonary embolism, foreign body aspiration (foreign body intrusion into the respiratory system), severe pneumonia.
WHICH SPECIALIZATION FIELDS SHOULD I APPLY FIRST?
An examination must be made for differential diagnosis. Patients with known heart disease or hypertension should first be evaluated cardiological, and in other cases, it is the best way to consult a Chest Diseases Physician.
WHY DOES STRENGTH OF BREATH?
In cases where the respiratory system and / or circulatory system are insufficient to meet the body’s needs, shortness of breath occurs.
IS BREATHING ONLY WITH EFFORT? SHOULD I CARE?
Yes, it is absolutely necessary to examine. It may be the beginning of progressive lung diseases.
IS MY BREATHING STRENGTH COPD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Be examined by a pulmonologist and have a breath measurement test.
WILL MY LIFE BE HURT WHEN PERFORMING THE BREATH MEASUREMENT TEST? TEST IS VERY HARD TEST?
Breath blowing test; It is a painless, painless and very easy test. It shows the capacity of your lungs, your treatment is planned according to the result here. After the treatment, the treatment program is managed together with the patient’s clinic according to the previous breath-blowing test results. However, it is very important to make and interpret these tests correctly. Therefore, it is necessary to apply to Chest Diseases specialists.
Shortness of breath may not always be directly related to the health status of the person. A person may also experience shortness of breath after intense exercise, when climbing to a high altitude or when their body temperature rises significantly. However, shortness of breath is often associated with health problems and may indicate serious ailments.
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