Treatments and Drugs

There are certain treatments which can help keep chronic shortness of breath from getting worse: There are several steps that one experiencing shortness of breath can take to treat their condition, but the effectiveness of any treatment will vary based on the cause of the dyspnea.

You can also use prescribed steroids. Especially useful to those with shortness of breath due to asthma, steroids, either injected or inhaled, can reduce inflammation of the lungs and calm dyspnea.


  • Anticholinergic: This kind of drugs blocks the effects of the parasympathetic nervous system, causing the bronchioles to relax.
  • Coronary artery bypass graft: This is one kind of surgical procedure in a donor vessel (usually the saphenous vein from the leg) is grafted to a coronary artery before and after a blockage, thus restoring circulation.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): For a continous level of pressurized air a noninvasive ventilation method is used.