Shortness Of Breath Specialist

Dr. Alberto Chavira

Cardiologists located in San Marcos, CA

Shortness of breath can be worrying and linked to a whole host of medical conditions and complications. In San Marcos, California, expert cardiologist Alberto Chavira, MD, works tirelessly to get to the underlying cause of your breathing difficulties. He provides a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief and ease your breathing, your mind, and your worries. Call the friendly office staff to schedule an appointment or book online.

Shortness of Breath

What causes shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath (dyspnea) is described as an intense tightening in the chest and a feeling of suffocation or that you can’t seem to get sufficient air.

Many cases of shortness of breath are due to lung or heart conditions. Your heart and lungs play a vital role in carrying oxygen to your tissues and removing carbon dioxide. Any problems with these processes can affect your breathing.

Shortness of breath that appears suddenly is called acute and might be caused by a variety of factors, such as:


  • Strenuous exercise
  • High altitude
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Asthma
  • Heart attack
  • Excess fluid around the heart
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pneumonia
  • Collapsed or damaged lung
  • Blood clot in an artery inside the lung
  • Sudden blood loss
  • Upper airway obstruction

Chronic shortness of breath that lasts for a few weeks or longer might be caused by:


  • Asthma
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Heart dysfunction
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Anemia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

One of the best ways to determine what’s causing your shortness of breath is to visit Dr. Chavira for an evaluation.


When should I see a doctor for my shortness of breath?

If your shortness of breath is interrupting your daily life or affecting everyday activities, Dr. Chavira can help you find relief. You should also visit Dr. Chavira if you experience swelling in your ankles and feet, difficulty breathing when you lie flat, a fever, cough or chills, wheezing, or the worsening of pre-existing shortness of breath.

If you’re experiencing severe shortness of breath that shows up suddenly and affects your ability to function, you should visit your local emergency room as soon as you can.


How is shortness of breath treated?

In addition to a physical evaluation, Dr. Chavira might recommend diagnostic testing, such as an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram, blood tests, chest X-rays, or an angiogram.

Determining the best treatment for your shortness of breath depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Chavira offers a range of solutions to improve your cardiovascular and respiratory health, such as:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Fitness guidance
  • Stress management

In addition, Dr. Chavira provides neurohormonal therapy and helps you manage any conditions that might be contributing to your shortness of breath, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and obesity.

Some cases of shortness of breath might be associated with more dangerous conditions and require surgery, such as angioplasty or stent placement.


Dr. Chavira can help you to breathe easier. Call or schedule an appointment online today.