Treatment

Just as there is no single cause of dyspnea, there is no single treatment. In severe dyspnea, the primary treatment goal is maintenance of the airway and oxygenation with a Pao2 greater than 60 mmHg (arterial oxygen saturation, or Sao2, approximately 90% or greater). After this is ensured, or for patients with lesser degrees of dyspnea, disorder-specific treatment along with supplemental oxygen can be provided in the emergency department. Patients with unrelieved dyspnea at rest, particularly those with terminal malignancies, may benefit from benzodiazepines and/or opiates.7

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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