Shortness of breath, called dyspnea, is normal if you’re exerting yourself in a vigorous activity or if you’re in an environment with high altitudes or extreme temperatures. But if you experience difficult or labored breathing in other situations, you could have a medical condition involving your heart.
With heart failure, for example, your heart does not fill and empty to full capacity. This puts a strain on your lungs and can cause shortness of breath. Damage to the heart muscle could be caused by a heart attack or other conditions.
Symptoms that could signal heart failure include:
If you experience any abnormal shortness of breath, especially if it’s sudden and severe, call your doctor. Our Mercy vascular specialists will give you quick attention. We offer cutting-edge techniques and treatment options for managing your heart condition. Our heart care team will work together with you to get breathing easier again.