Shortness of Breath in Relation to Heart Failure

It is very important for everyone to take notice of any changes that may be happening with their body. These changes may be symptoms of a serious medical condition. The sooner you notice a change and see a doctor, the more likely you are to be able to treat it before experiencing a life-threatening problem, such as a heart attack.

Shortness of breath is one symptom you can notice since it is likely something you will know is different right away. If you are unable to tolerate activity you could do in the past and have become less active due to experiencing a shortness of breath, it is best to speak with your doctor and get medical advice.

Please note, if you ever experience severe shortness of breath, it is important you immediately call to receive emergency treatment. Heart doctors will know what other symptoms to look for, as well as run tests to pinpoint what the problem is so you can be given proper treatment.

Reasons for Shortness of Breath

When the blood in your body backs up, or cannot continually flow,  in the blood vessels that are returning blood from your lungs to the heart because the heart is not effectively pumping enough blood, you will experience a shortness of breath. This also results in fluid leaking into your lungs and causing congestion.

One early sign of heart failure is a shortness of breath, although it may only occur after you exercise in the early stages. However, if your heart disease continues to worsen, you may also suffer from shortness of breath even when you are resting.

If you try lying down to rest, you may still feel breathless because the fluid in your lungs moves with gravity and will make more of your lungs wet. Wet lungs are unable to exchange oxygen as easily as they can when dry.

Although seeing a cardiologist is extremely important to detect what is causing your shortness of breath in order to start treatment if there is a serious medical condition, you can try supporting yourself with pillows when lying down so you can stay at a more upright position and keep as much of your lungs dry as possible. If you are experiencing shortness of breath at night it is also important to contact your doctor.

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