Comprehensive Care for Breathing Difficulties
The Cooper Breathing Center provides comprehensive consultation, diagnostic evaluation and clinical management for a full spectrum of conditions that affect the way we breathe. Cooper’s highly experienced team of pulmonary physicians are board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and have achieved prominence in their field for individual expertise in difficult-to-treat respiratory illnesses. These physician specialists work collaboratively to maximize care and tailor treatments plans, and to provide a full range of advanced services from outpatient consultation to the care of critically ill patients.
Our expertise in pulmonary and critical care medicine continues Cooper’s longstanding tradition of delivering exceptional patient care by using innovative techniques, cutting-edge diagnostic tools and minimally invasive procedures. This has enabled Cooper’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine to establish a regional reputation for excellence and life-saving care that helps each of our patients breathe a little easier.
Shortness of breath can be a symptom of myriad conditions, and identifying the underlying cause isn’t always clear cut. To aid in this process and speed the time to treatment, the Cooper Breathing Center offers a one-stop multidisciplinary resource for accurate, timely diagnosis and treatment planning.
Breathing happens without much thought, but when you have trouble breathing it’s difficult to think about much else. Shortness of breath can come on suddenly in a matter of minutes or hours, or chronically over days, weeks, months - or even years. It’s important to see your doctor if you develop shortness of breath, even if you think there is an obviously reason for your symptoms.
Conditions Contributing to Shortness of Breath
There are many different reasons why you might be experiencing shortness of breath. These include:
- Lung disease such as COPD, asthma, asbestosis or cancer
- Heart and vascular disease such as coronary artery disease (CAD), valve disease and heart failure
- Airway obstruction
- Disorders affecting breathing and muscles
- Disorders of the blood and metabolism
- Restriction of the chest volume due to conditions such as scoliosis
- Certain medications
If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, see your doctor. Once a cause is identified and properly treated, many patients substantially improve or eliminate their symptoms altogether.