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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom of many health issues, including those that affect your heart and blood vessels. The cardiovascular specialists at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center in Dearborn, Detroit, and Trenton, Michigan, provide state-of-the-art testing for shortness of breath and their diagnostic and imaging center in Trenton. To schedule an appointment with the skilled and compassionate team, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Shortness of Breath Q & A

What is shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, makes you feel like you can’t breathe enough air into your lungs. It may feel like there’s a tightness in your chest, or you can’t breathe deeply enough.

What are some of the causes of shortness of breath?

You can develop shortness of breath from any number of causes. Intense aerobic exercise or congestion from a cold are two examples However, shortness of breath is also a symptom of serious heart or lung conditions, such as:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema

Panic attacks, anxiety, and high altitudes may also cause shortness of breath.

When do I need cardiovascular testing for shortness of breath?

You may benefit from cardiovascular testing for shortness of breath if it’s an ongoing problem and you have no history of lung disease. You should also schedule cardiovascular testing if you have chest pain with your shortness of breath. 

What types of tests do I need for shortness of breath?

The experts at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center determine what types of testing you need for your shortness of breath after a comprehensive history and physical. ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center is a state-of-the-art practice with a diagnostic and imaging center.

Testing might include:

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An EKG is a quick, painless test that measures the electrical activity in your heart. This test may find heart problems like an arrhythmia. 

Stress testing

Stress testing is a cardiac test that assesses the structure and function of your heart when it’s pumping hard. ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center offers exercise and medication stress testing.


An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that captures images of your heart to assess structure and function. 

The team at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center may also include a Doppler study during an echocardiogram, which evaluates the movement of blood through your heart.

Holter monitor

The Holter monitor is a portable EKG that collects cardiac activity over a 24-hour period.

Advanced cardiac imaging

The ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center team includes physicians board-certified in advanced cardiac imaging, including cardiac MRIs and CT scans.

Once the team knows the cause of your shortness of breath, they design a plan to improve heart health and your symptoms.

To schedule a consultation with the highly skilled team at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.