Shortness of Breath

We are an extension of, never a substitute for, your regular doctor’s care. In fact, many Covenant Hospice patients continue to receive treatment for chronic and complex illnesses. Each of our specialists has advanced training in alleviating suffering and other symptoms associated with a terminal or serious illness

Difficulty breathing (dyspnea) is a common complaint, affecting about 1 in 10 adults .… and a tough diagnostic challenge. Like abdominal pain, dizziness, or fatigue, minor breathing difficulties can have many possible causes.

Obviously you should discuss stubborn breathing troubles with a doctor — especially if you have other worrisome symptoms, like pain or trouble staying upright. In older patients who mostly feel short of breath during exercise, it’s much more likely to be a symptom of disease of the heart and/or lungs. For everyone else, there are three causes of shortness of breath that are common, minor, and often partially treatable