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What tests are done to diagnose shortness of breathing?

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Your doctor will ask a few questions about your medical history and do a physical exam. This might include listening to your heart and lungs for signs of congestion, murmur, or anything else unusual.

The results of the exam may lead her to order a few tests to help figure out what else might be causing your breathing problems, such as:

A chest X-ray

An oxygen test

Electrocardiography (EKG)

Lung function tests

Blood tests

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Dyspnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shortness of Breath.”

Merck Manuals: “Shortness of Breath.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Shortness of Breath.”

Chest Foundation: “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chest X-Ray” and "Body Plethysmography (Pulmonary Function Test)

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic Evaluation of Dyspnea.”

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Pulmonary Function Tests.”

Medscape: "Pulmonary Function Tests."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Dyspnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shortness of Breath.”

Merck Manuals: “Shortness of Breath.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Shortness of Breath.”

Chest Foundation: “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chest X-Ray” and "Body Plethysmography (Pulmonary Function Test)

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic Evaluation of Dyspnea.”

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Pulmonary Function Tests.”

Medscape: "Pulmonary Function Tests."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 13, 2018

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