Breathlessness could be a symptom of many things including asthma, allergies, heart disease, lung disease, or simply being overweight. Treatments depend on which condition is causing the shortness of breath. Some tests that may help in diagnosing the problem are spirometry, X-rays, CT scans, and others. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how breathlessness is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
Understanding the Basics of Asthma
WebMD offers basic information about asthma.
What Are Bronchitis Symptoms?
Symptoms of acute bronchitis can sometimes be hard to tell from cold and other breathing conditions. Watch for a long-lasting cough, lots of mucus, and other symptoms.
Heart Failure Symptoms
WebMD explains the symptoms of heart failure, such as swelling and shortness of breath.
Heart Failure -- the Basics
WebMD experts provide the basics on heart failure.
Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness
Anxiety and panic are normal reactions to feeling you can’t get your breath. It’s also hard to watch someone you care for struggle to breathe. WebMD offers tips that COPD patients and caregivers can use during episodes of breathlessness.
Heart Failure: Signs Your Treatment Isn’t Working
With heart failure, even if you're a model patient, you need to watch for new or returning symptoms. Here are seven things to tell your doctor about.
Slideshows & Images
A Visual Guide to COPD
Chronic coughing and wheezing may be early warning signs of lung disease. Our slideshow explains the symptoms and treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
10 Smart Exercises for People With COPD
The more you exercise, the better you'll feel with COPD. Breathe easier with these 10 exercises.