Sudden shortness of breath, or breathing difficulty (dyspnoea), is the most common reason for visiting a hospital accident and emergency department.
It’s also one of the most common reasons people call 999 for an ambulance.
It’s normal to get out of breath when you’ve overexerted yourself, but when breathlessness comes on suddenly and unexpectedly, it’s usually a warning sign of a medical condition.
The information below outlines the most common reasons for:
sudden shortness of breath
long-term shortness of breath
This guide shouldn’t be used to self-diagnose your condition, but should give you an idea of what’s causing your breathlessness.

Causes of sudden shortness of breath

Sudden and unexpected breathlessness is most likely to be caused by one of the following health conditions. Click on the links below for more information about these conditions.
A problem with your lungs or airways
Sudden breathlessness could be an asthma attack. This means your airways have narrowed and you’ll produce more sticky mucus (phlegm), which causes you to wheeze and cough.
You’ll feel breathless because it’s difficult to move air in and out of your airways.
Your GP may advise you to use a spacer device with your asthma inhaler. This delivers more medicine to your lungs, helping to relieve your breathlessness.
Pneumonia may also cause shortness of breath and a cough. It’s usually caused by an infection, so you’ll need to take antibiotics.
If you have COPD, it’s likely your breathlessness is a sign this condition has suddenly got worse.
A heart problem
It’s possible to have a “silent” heart attack without experiencing all the obvious symptoms, such as chest pain and overwhelming anxiety.
In this case, shortness of breath may be the only warning sign you’re having a heart attack. If you or your GP think this is the case, they’ll give you aspirin and admit you to hospital straight away.
Heart failure can also cause breathing difficulties. This life-threatening condition means your heart is having trouble pumping enough blood around your body, usually because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly. It leads to a build-up of water inside the lungs, which makes breathing more difficult.
A combination of lifestyle changes and medicines or surgery will help the heart pump better and relieve your breathlessness.
Breathlessness could also relate to a problem with your heart rate or rhythm, such as an irregular and fast heart rate (atrial fibrillation) or a regular and fast heart rate (supraventricular tachycardia).
Panic attack or anxiety
A panic attack or anxiety can cause you to take rapid or deep breaths, known as hyperventilating. Concentrating on slow breathing or breathing through a paper bag should bring your breathing back to normal.
More unusual causes
These include:
a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
partial collapse of your lung caused by a small tear in the lung surface, which allows air to become trapped in the space around your lungs (pneumothorax)
a blockage in one of the blood vessels in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
a rare and poorly understood lung condition that causes scarring of the lungs (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
a collection of fluid next to the lung (pleural effusion)
a complication of diabetes where acids build up in your blood and urine (diabetic ketoacidosis)
Causes of long-term breathlessness

Long-term breathlessness is usually caused by:
obesity or being unfit
poorly controlled asthma
permanent damage to the lungs, usually caused by years of smoking (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD)
a low level of oxygen in the blood caused by a lack of red blood cells or haemoglobin (anaemia)
your heart having trouble pumping enough blood around your body, usually because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly (heart failure)
a problem with your heart rate or rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia
More unusual causes of long-term breathlessness are:
a lung condition where the airways are abnormally widened and you have a persistent phlegmy cough (bronchiectasis)
a recurrent blockage in a blood vessel in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
partial collapse of your lung caused by lung cancer
a collection of fluid next to the lung (pleural effusion)
narrowing of the main heart valve, restricting blood flow to the rest of the body
frequent panic attacks, which can cause you to take rapid or deep breaths (hyperventilate)

 

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