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Most cases of shortness of breath are due to heart or lung conditions. Your heart and lungs are involved in transporting oxygen to your tissues and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes affect your breathing.

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Breathing easier after TAVR heart surgery

Dorothy Ganong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was referred by her allergist to see a pulmonologist when medications and breathing treatments weren't helping her labored breathing. Fortunately, her pulmonologist listened to her concerns and symptoms, and felt it was her heart that needed attention.

July 24, 2017

Why cleaning your positive airway pressure (PAP) supplies is important

Daily cleaning of supplies is important in keeping your airway open while you sleep by maintaining a good seal between your face and the mask. Find out why.

January 8, 2016

Lung cancer hard to catch early, screening helps

Catching lung cancer or its initial indicators early can vastly improve outcomes. However, signs and symptoms are often subtle or non-existent until the disease progresses. Lung screening programs, which are becoming more common and increasingly effective, are the best way to discover lung cancer before it advances.

Jamil Taji MD By Jamil Taji December 15, 2015

Move away from the 'dark side' of sleep apnea with new CPAP masks

Darth Vader would be envious. Long gone are the days of loud and bulky CPAP machines, and it's time you turned away from the dark side.

August 13, 2015

Patient Online Services helps Bloomer man stay connected

Imagine the awe your grandparents or great-grandparents felt as they watched television for the first time.

June 19, 2015

Trying to catch your breath? What's normal and when to see your doctor

Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although healthy people occasionally may experience shortness of breath, especially in extreme temperatures, after running up a flight of stairs or when in high altitude, persistent shortness of breath is a sign of a medical problem.

Maureen O By Maureen O'Donnell June 18, 2015