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Experiencing shortness of breath? We’re here to help

If you’ve ever felt shortness of breath, you know how scary it can be. That tightness in your chest, the aching air hunger—few symptoms are as alarming as these, especially when you’re unsure of the cause. And in a moment of panic, driving to a medical facility may not be possible. What if your medical professional could come to you? DispatchHealth provides urgent care when leaving your home just isn’t an option (or isn’t convenient). Our team of qualified medical professionals can perform almost every service for acute conditions that can be performed in a medical facility, whether you’re experiencing sudden shortness of breath related to an existing condition, like COPD or asthma, or due to an unknown cause. DispatchHealth can help you avoid long lines at the urgent care clinic and whopping health care facility bills. Download our app, give us a call, or request care on our website to let us know that you need help.

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

When to seek medical attention

You might experience shortness of breath after a hard workout or exposure to harsh temperatures, but if your shortness of breath accompanies any of the following symptoms, you should get in touch with us immediately:

  • Swelling in the ankles or feet
  • A high fever along with a cough and/or chills
  • Wheezing
  • A worsening of your shortness of breath after using your inhaler
  • Your breathlessness doesn’t go away within 30 minutes of rest

Common related conditions

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)

If left untreated

If left untreated, shortness of breath could lead to heart failure or a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung), depending on the root cause. DispatchHealth is here when you need us for treatment of non-life-threatending conditions—contact us today to request care at your home.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019

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