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Dr. Craig Brown

Pulmonology
Gainesville, GA

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Gainesville, GA

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1240 Jesse Jewell pky , Suite 500 , Gainesville, GA
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Trained in New York City at 2 level one trauma centers and 2 transplant centers. I believe a patient should be comfortable with a plan of care and have the opportunity to ask all questions and get reasonable answers.

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Pulmonology

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English

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Anticoagulation: Heparin or lovenox(low molecular weight heparin) is safe in pregnancy. Warfarin (or coumadin) is not safe at all and should be avoided during pregnanc... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Yes: Any type of respiratory infection is potentially harmful to patients with chronic respiratory disorders such as copd.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Assist breathing: Bronchitis could cause a tight sensation in the chest. Prednisone is a steroid that works to open up the bronchioles. Prednsione can sometimes help to... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Pulmonary HTN: Echo can detect pulmonary hypertension, but no signs of it on echo does not necessarily rule it out. Right heart catheterization is the most accurate ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Yes: One of the potential side effects of birth control pill is blood clots.
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Many studies claim that exercise helps people with copd. There is a special type of rehab known as pulmonary rehab that is very helpful. I try to conv... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Many causes: There are many causes of csa. Commonly, patients with neurological problems may have csa. Specifically with stroke patients. There is also a large amo... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Pulmonary fibrosis: While I have not seen it commonly there are some families with a history of pulmonary fibrosis. Most of my office patients and previous fibrosis patie... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Blood clots: The major risk in blood clots of the veins of the legs (aka deep venous thrombosis) is that it will travel (or embolize) to the lungs and form somethi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Yes: If you are already receiving treatment for the blood clot and you are tolerating the treatment well, there is no reason why you cannot fly. Remember t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Allergy shots: Evaluation by an allergist would be needed and if the allergy was severe enough, shots would likely be recommended.
A 25-year-old member asked:
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No supplements: To date, that is no medicinal treatment for sleep apnea. The treatment is something called continuous positive pressure(cpap).
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Tuberculosis: Clinically, patients with TB complain of cough (sometimes coughing up blood), weight loss, and night sweats. To diagnose it, we check sputum cultures.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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No: It is inflammation in the collagen in your ribs and sternum.
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Lifestyle change: Obviously quitting smoking would be a lifestyle change that would benefit your pulmonary functioning. Also, cardiovascular exercise doesn't necessaril... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Yes: It is considered an alternative to a CPAP machine and some patients to seem to feel that it helps. It is a costly endeavor to obtain a mouth piece.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Albuterol: Albuterol is a great medicine for those with symptoms of asthma. That being said, there are side effects associated with it. The common side effects a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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It doesn't : Rem is experienced while sleeping. Patients with apnea have problems achieving REM stage of sleep. Breathing does not affect rem.
A 53-year-old member asked:
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Throat clearing: Throat clearing doesn't necessarily have to do with the lungs. Commonly, it is secondary to postnasal drip which is commonly seen in hose with allergi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Cough: Coughs lasting longer then a few months require a work up. Pulmonary evaluation would commonly include a pulmonary function test to look for evidence... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Sometimes: We do not diagnose asthma or COPD by x-rays or ct scans. That being said, we do commonly see evidence of emphysema on ct scans. We diagnose these brea... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Copd: To my knowledge, there is no risk of COPD in renal surgery.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pulmonology
No: Anyone exposed is susceptible.
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Very serious: If you have not coughed up blood before, you need to contact you physician asap, or report to the nearest emergency department.
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Coumadin (warfarin): If you are no longer using coumadin, (warfarin) then you should not any trouble with Coumadin (warfarin) related birth defects. I would recommend not ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Yes: COPD could present with cough, frequent episodes of bronchitis, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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DVT: There are many risk factors for dvt. One known risk factor is obesity. Yes, weight loss in a obese patient could result in less of a risk of dvt. Ther... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Pulmonary HTN: It truly depends on the cause of pulmonary htn. If it is idiopathic (no clear cause) they should be referred to a pulmonologist (or cardiologist) that... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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No: Most animal allergies would require evaluation by an allergist and consideration for allergy shots. Singulair, (montelukast) at times, could help with... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: Normally the right side of the heart is a low pressure system(only needs to pump blood to the lungs for oxygenation). For many different reasons, some... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
No: Not sure what is meant by flutter. Sometimes sputum in the upper airway would cause a noise when breathing.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Pneumonia: It is fairly common to continue to have shortness of breath and weakness following an episode of pneumonia. I tell patients try to stay active during ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Small doses: I instruct resistant patients to try to use it during there tv show. This way, they are distracted and hopefully getting used to the machine. This see... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Supplemental oxygen: It is very common to prescribe supplemental oxygen to patients with copd. During infectious flare ups of copd, it is quite common that a patient requi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary fibrosis: To my knowledge, antidepressants have not been shown to assist with any respiratory aspects of pulmonary fibrosis. It is common for fibrosis patients ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
No specific time: Maybe this is a good time to think about not smoking again. There is not accepted time to start smoking after a respiratory illness.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary fibrosis: There is one type of pulmonary fibrosis (aka interstitial lung disease) known as uip(usual interstitial pneumonia) of which there have been some trial... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
No: It's never safe to smoke with any respiratory disorders.
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Very commonly i work with cardiologists to determine if certain patients have heart or lung problems. The symtoms are very similar.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: Idiopathic (no clear cause) pulmonary hypertension usually results from over-squeezing of the arteries between the lungs and the heart. The best way t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Not likely: Patients who develop COPD smoked for a long time or they were around people that are very heavy smokers. There are a few genetic disorders that cause ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
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Yes: A persistent cough could cause a pulled muscle in back muscles or in the muscles in between the ribs. This will definitely cause pain.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Could be both: Both pulmonary and cardiac problems could present this way. I recommend a thorough evaluation by your physician.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Emphysema: It depends on the severity of disease. A pulmonary function test judges severity. Proper inhaler therapy would go a long way to help as well. Avoidanc... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Steroid withdrawal: Patients on prolonged courses of steroids have a tendency to stop making a hormone known as cortisol. This results in "steroid withdrawal" or adrenal ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary fibrosis: Fibrotic patterns on ct scans commonly take one of 3 different courses. It can reverse with medications such as Prednisone (in disorders as nonspecifi... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pneumonia: Interstitial lung diseases are typically progressive processes that are not commonly associated with infection. They may ultimately be associated with... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Copd: After about 10-14 days of a patient not being able to come off a ventilator, placement of a tracheostomy is considered. This could be for many disease... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
COPD: Most patients who develop COPD are or were smokers. There is some data that states that nonsmokers who have second hand smoker exposure can develop CO... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
No: Sore throat does not necessarily mean you have a lung problem.

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Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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