What is dyspnea?

Dyspnea is the medical term for shortness of breath. In order to determine the cause of a patient’s dyspnea, your physician will ask about triggers for your shortness of breath.  Your physician will want to know if your shortness of breath is triggered by such things as activity or lying flat.  Your physician will also want to know if you have any other symptoms with your shortness of breath such as chest pain or palpitations. 

What causes shortness of breath?
Shortness of breath can be caused by a variety of heart conditions including all of the following:

♦ Bradycardia
♦ Tachycardia
♦ Valvular Heart Disease
♦ Hypertension
♦ Coronary Artery Disease
♦ Congestive Heart Failure 

How is shortness of breath evaluated?

Your cardiologist may order a variety of tests to evaluate your shortness of breath These tests may include the following:

♦ Electrocardiogram (ECG)
♦ Holter Monitor
♦ Loop Monitor          
♦ Echocardiogram
♦ Stress Test
♦ Cardiac Catheterization

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