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It’s normal to feel out of breath during moments of heavy activity. Breathing problems, however, are different from the normal breathlessness you feel after going up stairs or exercising. The symptoms of breathing problems range, but you may suddenly feel short of breath, gasp for air while inactive, or struggle to take deep breaths.
You should seek emergency medical care if you have breathing problems. Call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. Emergency departments at Dignity Health North State provide expert care for breathing problems in Northern California at the following locations:
With our quality triage system, we’ll promptly evaluate your symptoms and determine the best level of care.
Someone with breathing problems may appear to be struggling to breathe. Their chest may visibly move as they gasp for air.
Other symptoms that occur with breathing problems include:
Trauma, a medical emergency, or a chronic respiratory condition can cause breathing problems.
Common medical emergencies that cause breathing problems include:
In our emergency rooms, an important aspect of your treatment is finding the underlying cause of your breathing problems. Your emergency room doctor will listen to your breathing and may suggest emergency blood tests and radiology to determine what’s causing your shortness of breath.
To help someone with breathing problems:
The emergency response team will provide assistance when they arrive.
Dignity Health North State offers quality emergency care for breathing problems in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.