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Long Term Health Conditions

Living well with breathlessness

Lady hidden in the roses artwork

It can be hard to live with breathlessness, but there are ways you can manage it to help you live well with it.

Many people who have heart or lung conditions experience breathlessness on a daily basis. Breathlessness affects your life in a number of ways. For example, it can make it difficult for you to manage your everyday activities, leaving you frustrated and sometimes frightened.

You will have worked out some ways to help you live well with your breathlessness, but there may be some extra ideas you have not come across before below.

Woman with her head in the clouds showing how difficult it is to breathe when breathless.It is important to remember that if you suddenly experience breathlessness, or it becomes much worse than usual, you should seek medical help, as it may be a sign of a problem which needs immediate treatment.

However, if you have been breathless most days for several months then you can learn ways to cope better with this usual level of breathlessness yourself.

All image(s) courtesy of Hull York Medical School. Created by Anna Bean, in collaboration with people living with breathlessness.

To see the exhibition visit Hull York Medical School website (link opens in a new window).