Mill City, Oregon
280 S. First Ave.
Mill City, OR 97360
Welcome to Santiam Medical Clinic, Part of Santiam Hospital. When it comes to your family and your health care, we understand how important it is to find the right medical provider. We are committed to lifelong exceptional care provided to you and your family. Santiam's primary care clinic is a state-certified, Patient Centered Primary Care Home( PCPCH). As a result the staff and the medical providers emphasize care coordination and communication. Ultimately primary care centers around the medical needs of our patients. It is our goal for you to live a healthy, vibrant, and well balanced life. We know you'll be well cared for by our excellent staff. Santiam Medical Clinic specializes in family medicine for all stages of life. As a family based clinic, our patients come here for many of their medical needs, including well-child and adult wellness exams, ages and stages, vaccines, and the ongoing management of acute and chronic disease. The clinic also offers on-site surgeries and procedures, hosts annual sports physicals at a reduced cost, and flu clinics. For your convenience Santiam Hospital not only offers a family doctor in Mill City, and we also have a Family Clinic in Aumsville, Stayton, and Sublimity Oregon.

5 Common Causes of Shortness of Breath April 15, 2019

5 Common Causes of Shortness of Breath, Mill City, Oregon

Several million people experiencing shortness of breath seek emergency services each year, making this ailment among the top 10 reasons for emergency room visits. Also known as dyspnea, it is associated with chest tightness. If you experience acute or chronic breathlessness, visit a primary care or pulmonology clinic to pinpoint the cause. The following are some common conditions that cause this effect. 

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

1. Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections like pneumonia or bronchitis often cause shortness of breath. If you have recently been sick with a cold or flu, go to a pulmonology clinic for diagnosis. A doctor will assess your symptoms and recommend treatment.

2. Asthma

pulmonologyShortness of breath is one of the most common signs of asthma. Patients may also cough, have chest tightness, or wheeze. While some people will experience these symptoms every day, others will only notice them occasionally.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can cause breathing problems as well as coughing, fatigue, and excess mucus. Patients who have been exposed to harmful substances like cigarette smoke are at higher risk of developing COPD. Work with a pulmonology doctor to manage this condition, as it can increase your risk of developing other health issues, like heart disease. 

4. Anxiety

Shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and muscle tension are just some of the symptoms of anxiety. While many individuals will experience anxiety occasionally, it becomes a problem when it stops you from functioning or living your regular life.

5. Pulmonary Hypertension

This condition involves high blood pressure in the lungs, as well as the right side of the heart. Patients will initially experience shortness of breath during physical activity. However, they can eventually have trouble while resting. Other symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, swelling of the ankles, and a racing heart. If diagnosed, a doctor will determine the cause of your condition and recommend treatment to control your symptoms. 


If you are experiencing shortness of breath, the pulmonology team at Santiam Hospital can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. Since 1953, this team has been helping individuals in the Mid-Willamette Valley, OR, region live a healthier life. Whether you are in need of primary care or an emergency visit, expect quick and personalized medical attention in their comfortable environment. To view a full list of services, visit them online. You can also call (503) 769-2175 to make an appointment today.

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