BHF backs new campaign to raise awareness of breathlessness as a sign of heart disease

2 February 2015        

Doctor and patient

The British Heart Foundation is backing a new Public Health England campaign to raise awareness of breathlessness as a sign of possible heart disease.

The campaign urges everyone in the East of England to visit their doctor if they become breathless doing everyday tasks like walking up stairs, mowing the lawn or getting dressed as it could be an early warning sign of a serious heart condition.

Coronary heart disease – a common cause of heart attacks, heart failure, and abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation can all cause breathlessness.

Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said: “It’s easy to ignore breathlessness as a sign that we’re simply getting old or unfit. But feeling out of breath whilst doing everyday activities, could be a sign of a potentially serious heart condition.

“Common, treatable heart conditions such as coronary heart disease (the cause of heart attacks), heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation can all cause breathlessness.

“That’s why it’s important to take breathlessness seriously and talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Most heart disease is treatable, but it is important to have it diagnosed before it is too late.”