Do you experience shortness of breath? Does it affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep or do your daily activities? Dyspnea, defined by shortness of breath or “air hunger,” has many underlying causes. Learn common causes of dyspnea, related symptoms of concern one should watch for, and how best to get to the root of this condition.

Nitin Budhwar, MD, and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He is board certified in family medicine and geriatric medicine. His interests include primary care delivery systems improvement and electronic health record optimization.