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Treatment Options

Depending upon the cause of your dyspnea, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes, medications or event surgical intervention.


You should avoid activities or situations that trigger dyspnea; for example, pace yourself with exercise, try to reduce stress, avoid high elevations, and exposure to air pollutants. Also, make changes that reduce the risks of dyspnea, including: dieting, quitting smoking, losing weight. Talk with your doctor about an exercise plan that is safe for you.


Medications are prescribed as needed to correct any underlying condition.

Procedures, Devices & Surgery

The goal for treating dyspnea is to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. For some patients, surgical intervention is necessary to reach that goal if severe underlying conditions are present.