What is it?

Breathlessness, or shortness of breath, can happen for a range of reasons, including:

  • Lung conditions such as asthma or COPD 
  • Heart conditions  
  • Obesity 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anaemia 
  • Other conditions such as kidney problems or thyroid conditions 

Your doctor will take a medical history and do a physical check. They may also arrange for more tests to get a full picture.  Depending on the results, the doctor will advise of any treatments or actions that need to be taken.  

The management of your breathlessness depends on what is causing it.

It may be helpful speak to your doctor about completing a Shortness of Breath Action Plan. This will assist you and those around you in managing episodes of breathlessness.