Unexplained shortness of breath

Advanced testing may be needed to identify the cause.

Shortness of breath (or dyspnea) is a common health problem, and conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease (CAD), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obesity are often to blame. Most physicians will assess for these problems and refer the individual to a specialist once a likely culprit has been identified.

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