Why You Get Shortness of Breath During a Heart Attack
How Blood Travels From the Lungs to the Heart
The pulmonary veins are the blood vessels that transport oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to your heart. If your heart is not pumping efficiently or, in effect, is malfunctioning, the blood tends to pool inside the pulmonary veins and backs up into the lungs. When the heart is not processing the amount of blood needed to meet the fluid output, the fluid begins to collect in the lungs. This fluid clogs the lungs, which restricts air flow and causes shortness of breath.
If you have been experiencing shortness of breath, you should seek the advice of your family physician or cardiologist to rule out an undiagnosed heart condition. However, seek emergency medical care if it becomes severe and/or is accompanied by a sensation of squeezing in the chest and/or pain in your chest, jaw, back, neck, stomach and/or one or both arms.
If you have questions related to the symptoms you have been experiencing or for a diagnosed heart condition, seek the expert medical advice of the renowned cardiologist, Dr. Shervin Eshaghian M.D., of the Beverly Hills Cardiology office by calling our informative staff at (310) 858-6500. We are ready to provide you with unparalleled care and attention that is focused on returning your heart to an optimal state of health.