How are breathing difficulties treated

Difficulty breathing: Don't overlook dangerous causes

Status: 03/18/2019 2:41 p.m. | archive
In the event of shortness of breath, those affected should have the cause clarified by a doctor.

Most of those affected worry about their lungs when they are short of breath - especially during the cold season. However, other, sometimes serious diseases can also be behind the symptom. Doctors think, for example, of the cause of the heart, which, together with the lungs, supplies the body with oxygen. Anyone who suffers from shortness of breath should definitely clarify the causes with a doctor.

This creates shortness of breath

When breathing, vital oxygen enters the blood through the lungs. The heart pumps the bloodstream into the body with powerful beats so that muscles and organs receive the oxygen they need. The oxygen-poor blood goes back to the heart and from there to the lungs, where it is re-enriched with oxygen.

During physical exertion, the muscles consume significantly more oxygen than usual, so that the heart and lungs have to do more. This is not a problem for healthy people. If the heart or lungs are sick, the mechanism no longer works so well: the muscles get too little oxygen. The brain reports breathlessness and tries to keep the heart and lungs going. But as the condition declines, this is less and less successful and can even become dangerous.

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Many causes of shortness of breath

Although the feeling of being unable to breathe is threatening, many sufferers underestimate the importance of it: They attribute the shortness of breath to their age, weight or lack of fitness. But the possible causes can be dangerous:

  • Heart failure
  • defective heart valve
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • lung infection
  • bronchial asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • high blood pressure
  • Kidney weakness
  • diabetes
  • Iron deficiency
  • impaired oxygen utilization in the muscle cells
  • Panic disorder

If severe shortness of breath occurs suddenly, the cause must be clarified in the clinic immediately. It is one of the symptoms of potentially life-threatening heart and lung diseases.

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Experts on the subject

Prof. Dr. Bjoern Andrew Remppis, Chief Physician
Cardiology Clinic
Bad Bevensen Cardiovascular Center
Roemstedter Strasse 25
29549 Bad Bevensen

Dr. Markus Jaeger-Rosiny, specialist in general medicine, tropical medicine, palliative medicine
Marktstrasse 17-19
21423 Winsen (Luhe)

Dr. Matthias Müller
Specialist in internal medicine, pneumology, allergology and intensive medicine
New horse market 12
20359 Hamburg

additional Information
German Heart Foundation V.
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 94-96, 60323 Frankfurt am Main
(069) 955 12 80

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