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Andres Borja-Alvarez

Pulmonologist

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What are the symptoms of detecting a pulmonary disorder?

Don't ever smoke, anything. Tobacco is bad, but all smoked substances damage the lungs. No evidence for screening just with family history. And, regrettably, no early symptoms READ MORE
Don't ever smoke, anything. Tobacco is bad, but all smoked substances damage the lungs. No evidence for screening just with family history. And, regrettably, no early symptoms either.

Can sleep apnea cause irregular breathing?

Yes, not all episodes are at regular intervals, they come at different times. It is important to have tests to differentiate between obstructive and central sleep apnea. Andres READ MORE
Yes, not all episodes are at regular intervals, they come at different times. It is important to have tests to differentiate between obstructive and central sleep apnea.

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Is breathless associated with the heart or the lungs?

It can be both, the electrocardiogram being normal only evaluated rhythm and ischemic events (heart attack) new or old. A more comprehensive work up is required including echocardiogram READ MORE
It can be both, the electrocardiogram being normal only evaluated rhythm and ischemic events (heart attack) new or old. A more comprehensive work up is required including echocardiogram to evaluate heart function and diastology. But it can also be related to lungs, especially current or former smokers. It can also be related to the communication between heart and lung which is called deconditioning.

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Could there be another reason for my breathlessness or is it anxiety?

Blaming shortness of breath on anxiety alone should be a diagnosis of exclusion and making sure no underlying process.

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I feel very tired after walking a little bit. Should I consider a pulmonary check up or a cardiac check up?

It can be both or either of the two depending on the history. Your PCP can help guide and get some preliminary testing for either.

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Can pneumonia be fatal?

Pneumonia can be deadly, just as much as a car accident, however, we still get in our cars. Most pneumonia cases improve rapidly with treatment and make sure you keep an eye on READ MORE
Pneumonia can be deadly, just as much as a car accident, however, we still get in our cars. Most pneumonia cases improve rapidly with treatment and make sure you keep an eye on him.

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What could be the reason my mother is breathless?

Many reasons to explain this, however, the most likely if the kidney is recently not working at 100% associated with diabetes. Just like the legs are swelling the lungs can fill READ MORE
Many reasons to explain this, however, the most likely if the kidney is recently not working at 100% associated with diabetes. Just like the legs are swelling the lungs can fill with water and there is breathlessness. Should also evaluate heart function, which can also be affected by diabetes.

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Can people of ventilation ever get out of it?

The answer is complex, you need 4-8 weeks for complete recovery from pneumonia. The damage on the lungs, only the presence of fibrosis (fancy term for scar) is permanent and usually READ MORE
The answer is complex, you need 4-8 weeks for complete recovery from pneumonia. The damage on the lungs, only the presence of fibrosis (fancy term for scar) is permanent and usually needs oxygen not CPAP, I suggest follow up with Pulmonoligist outpatient after the 8 weeks to reassess the lungs with Pulmonary Function Tests, imaging and exercise oximetry.

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How to treat breathlessness in a metastatic breast cancer patient?

The reason for shortness of breath has to be investigated. There are multiple causes and include, but not limited to: progression of cancer (lung involvement or pleural effusion), READ MORE
The reason for shortness of breath has to be investigated. There are multiple causes and include, but not limited to: progression of cancer (lung involvement or pleural effusion), side effect of chemotherapy (many forms depending on the agent, muscular deconditioning, and others).
The more active she is within her comfort, the least it will progress.

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I have multiple small nodules in both the lungs. What should I do?

Depends on the cause. The cause of nodules is usually determined by history and risk factors. The differential is broad, and giving an approach without your history and images READ MORE
Depends on the cause. The cause of nodules is usually determined by history and risk factors. The differential is broad, and giving an approach without your history and images would be unethical and not helpful to you. I recommend you see a lung specialist in your area, most times follow up and time will tell, progression will hint at the cause.

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Do the lungs have the capability to regenerate?

Quitting smoking is always important, there is no regeneration of the actual damage. As we age we loose lung function, but smokers lose function at a faster rate, by quitting you READ MORE
Quitting smoking is always important, there is no regeneration of the actual damage. As we age we loose lung function, but smokers lose function at a faster rate, by quitting you slow down the decrease in function to normal rate.

Can asthma go away?

There are many conditions that can simulate asthma, was this a brand new episode? First time ever? Consider reactive airway disease syndrome (RADS), wheezing and cough present READ MORE
There are many conditions that can simulate asthma, was this a brand new episode? First time ever? Consider reactive airway disease syndrome (RADS), wheezing and cough present only after common colds. Do you have chronic rhinitis or heartburn? Having a short period of asthma would be atypical.