Shortness of Breath
Alternate Names : Dyspnea, Trouble Breathing, Difficulty Breathing, SOB
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Doctors often ask about several things when a person has shortness of breath. These questions may include:
when the condition started
whether it came on suddenly or gradually
whether it occurs at rest or only during activity
whether it is worse when lying down or sitting up
how many pillows the person sleeps with
whether the person has any history of heart or lung disease
whether the person has any other symptoms, such as fever, cough, swelling in the legs, chest pain, or anxiety
whether anyone in the family has shortness of breath
whether or not the person smokes
Other questions may be asked, based on the answers to these questions.