Shortness Of Breath Specialist

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD -  - Cardiology

Summit Medical Associates LLC

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD

Cardiology located in Fort Wayne, IN & Topeka, IN

Shortness of breath is concerning when you can’t immediately explain the cause or when it comes with other worrying symptoms like chest pain. At Summit Medical Associates LLC in Fort Wayne and Topeka, Indiana, Bhaktavatsala Apuri, MD, can evaluate you with heart function tests to determine if your shortness of breath is related to a cardiovascular issue. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online today.

Shortness of Breath Q & A

What is shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath, also called dyspnea, is a symptom that can be very minor and temporary, or long-lasting and a cause for concern. If you’re struggling to breathe, it might be because of exercise overexertion. Other mild causes include altitude sickness and climate changes. 

Shortness of breath often appears with other symptoms like:

  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Heart palpitations

When you visit Summit Medical Associates LLC for a diagnosis related to your shortness of breath, Dr. Apuri evaluates you and asks for details about your symptoms. He also asks about possible triggers you may have come in contact with before the shortness of breath started. 

When is shortness of breath a cause for concern?

Shortness of breath has a wide range of causes, and the most common of them are not major health issues. You should consider booking an appointment with Dr. Apuri to address your dyspnea if you have shortness of breath that doesn’t occur after exercise or another easily explainable factor, like a major elevation change. 

If you have other symptoms with dyspnea like chest pain, you should skip a trip to the clinic and go straight to the emergency room. 

What can shortness of breath indicate?

There are countless possible causes of shortness of breath. Acute dyspnea happens in short increments and may be due to:

  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Anemia
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Heart failure
  • An allergic reaction
  • Choking
  • Collapsed lung
  • Hiatal hernia

If you experience shortness of breath all the time or frequently, it’s called chronic dyspnea. Common causes of chronic dyspnea include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obesity, and long-term heart issues. 

Dr. Apuri treats many causes of shortness of breath. As a cardiology specialist, he can effectively help you manage diseases like heart arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, and pericarditis, which are all heart conditions that can cause dyspnea. 

How is shortness of breath treated?

Treatment for shortness of breath varies as much as the possible causes. Dr. Apuri works with you to decide which approaches work best in your case. For instance, he might suggest an inhaler if you have shortness of breath due to asthma. He can also work with you to adopt heart- and lung-healthy lifestyle changes, like smoking cessation or dietary alterations. 

Some people experiencing shortness of breath have a lack of oxygen in their blood. If this is the case for you, you might need to use supplemental oxygen. Dr. Apuri might refer you to a lung specialist if a lung condition is causing your dyspnea. 

If you experience unexplained, severe, or frequent shortness of breath, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.