Treating Patients with Dyspnea
Dyspnea is a breathing condition or disorder that is associated with impaired, difficult, and uncomfortable breathing that consistently disrupts a person's quality of life. Each case of dyspnea must be evaluated on an individual basis in order to assess the intensity of the distinct sensations, the stress involved, and its burden on a person's quality of life. Dyspnea becomes a chronic condition when it occurs in unexpected situations, during regular activities, or even while at rest.
In a large majority of cases (85%), patients who suffer from the following conditions are prone to dyspnea:
- Cardiac ischemia
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Interstitial lung disease
- Panic disorder
Because these are chronic conditions that must be treated in order to stabilize or sustain a person's well-being, it is essential that dyspnea be treated on a case-by-case basis for each patient's individual needs. For many patients, treatment for dyspnea depends on the underlying cause.