Dr. Carlo Hatem

Pulmonary Critical Care
El Paso, TX
27 years experience

Locations

Office

El Paso, TX

Address

4305 N Mesa, Suite A, El Paso, TX
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Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

1.0K Answers
498 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Talk to your doctor: He should know how old you are, how much you weight, what other medications you take, and what is the best treatment for your condition.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: No evidence for benefit, plenty of evidence for significant health risk.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: Typically happens upon exposure to chlorinated bleach fumes. The reaction in the lungs can range from mild to severe requiring life support. More like... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Maybe: If you live in a humid area, it might be a good idea. In a dry environment, a humidifier should be considered.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Mild to severe: Peritonitis is an infection. It usually responds to treatment when caught early but when it is not promptly treated it can cause sepsis, shock, and de... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: Lamictal affects the structure of sleep and this is manifested by a change in the frequency and duration of brain waves of certain type.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: Unless you are taking steroids, it might exacerbate water retention.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: You will get local anesthesia. General anesthesia is used under rare circumstances.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Quite a bit: Two different conditions with some overlap. Asthma is an increased responsiveness of the bronchial tubes that results in difficulty breathing, cough a... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Bacterial: It is caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Challenging: Increasing need for oxygen. Increasing shortness of breath. Less exercise tolerance. More doctor and hospital visits. Need for more help and support.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Confusion: Sarcoidosis can give the exact same symptoms as asthma and emphysema.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: No. But if TB causes bronchiectasis then pseudomonas can flourish.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
750k/year: National institute of health reports 750000 cases of severe sepsis per year citing data published in 2001. The number of cases is on the rise with the... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
It should: Typically, angina (heart pain) gets better when you stop to rest since the heart has less work to do and can catch up so to speak.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
2 or 3 days: Once treatment is started you can expect improvement in 24 to 48 hrs. After shock is resolved you will need to continue antibiotics.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Limited: But the answer is more related to how many packs a day and for how many years you smoked (packs x years), also related to individual genetic factors. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Blowing: You have to blow into a tube. You will be given specific instructions by the therapist performing the test. No injections, no anesthesia. You might be... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Cover up: And check your thyroid levels. The lowest body temperature normally occurs in the early morning hours, about 3 or 4 in the morning.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, almost on a daily basis we see patients with diabetic ketoacidosis in the intensive care unit. It is preventable and mostly caused by p... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Steam?: Steam is not a common treatment for asthma. You might be referring to a nebulizer treatment which is a medication in tiny liquid drops that looks like... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Nebulizer?: All inhalers now use hfa. Previously, they used cfc but these were banned since they deplete ozone. You can try all the brands of inhalers, if none of... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
See your doctor: Your asthma is not controlled. You need to see your doctor to step up the treatment until you achieve control.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Not your sleep apnea: This needs further evaluation of heart and lung function. Any number of medical conditions could cause this.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Diet & exercise: The best option is diet & exercise for weight loss. If you have given it a serious try and failed, surgery is an option. You have to be aware of the r... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Mycobacterium: Bacille calmette guerin or bcg, is a mycobacterium similar to the one that causes tuberculosis in humans, it is weakened and used for various purposes... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Complex: The three most common causes of cough are asthma, esophageal reflux or gerd, and sinus issues. You should review all your medications with your doctor... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
A lung infection: When a bacterium, fungus, virus, or parasite infect the lung.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Various: It could be clear, white, yellow, green, thick, thin. It changes over time. It is commonly more copious in the morning upon awakening.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes, if: If the pulmonary hypertension is due to liver problems, the solution is liver transplant. Much more complicated situations where separate conditions e... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
4 - 5 lpm: There is no classification commonly agreed to since it would serve no medical purpose. Most supplier are not able to provide more than 6 lpm without l... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Usually not: The pulmonary pressure can increase during pregnancy because of increased volume of blood and sometimes heart failure that complicates pregnancy. Thes... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Recommended: A pneumonia shot will not prevent you from having pneumonia, but it will greatly reduce your risk of dying from pneumonia. If you have lung problems, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Complex: It is hard to eradicate tb. Part of the answer involves poverty, housing, public transportation, hiv, travel and immigration. Another part has to do w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: This is how the disease spreads. If we can prevent this transmission, the disease will be eradicated.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Tincture of time: In most cases, sarcoidosis will go dormant in a few months, wether you treat it or not. In a minority of cases, it remains active and is harder to cur... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Not necessarily: But talk to your doctor about getting blood tests done in particular a complete blood count (CBC) and pt, ptt, inr.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Partial list: Bleeding, infection, irregular heart beat, perforation of the heart, heart attack, dissection of the aorta, cardiac arrest, stroke, renal failure, gan... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Next visit: Make sure you tell him on your next visit. He/she should have asked.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
48 millions: Cdc estimates that 1 in 6 americans or 48 million people, 128, 000 get hospitalized, and 3, 000 die of food borne diseases every year.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: In rare cases, the reaction to the skin test can be so severe as to cause skin peeling and even an ulceration. This is not an allergy. Theoretically y... Read More
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A 78-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Pump: If you have a breast pump, use it, use it frequently, keep it on for a few minutes after milk stops coming. Also keep well hydrated, well nourished.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Sleep study: You might suspect it based on certain symptoms, but you will only find out if you have a sleep study done.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No & Yes: It is not normal to cough blood. It is not caused by stress. You should be concerned until they find the cause. Some things can be easily overlooked. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Stress test: Talk to your doctor about a cardiopulmonary stress test. It will help narrow down the problem. You should not be exercising to the point of fainting.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Reduce dose: Advair contains inhaled steroids that have been demonstrated to increase the risk of pneumonia, the risk increases with higher doses. Your best bet is... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Several: It could be infection, inflammation, parasites, poisonning, tumor, food allergies, genetic disorder ...Etc. Talk to your doctor, if not satisfied seek... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jun 25, 2013
Dr. Hatem provides very helpful answers to patients -- and educates me too! I appreciate his presence here on HealthTap, and heartily recommend him.
I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
Jun 22, 2013
I enjoy learning from this doctor and I am sure that patient do too
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Ive tried various diets prescribed to me though my Dieticians and even had physiotherapy to try control my breathing as little exercise sets my asthma off. I will deffinitely arrange to go back again ...Read More
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Thank you Doctor for your answer. Actually, I have already had 5 stents placed over the past 3 years. I no longer have any stents due to moving position or rejection. I have also had two separate trac...Read More
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ANA was negative. I may ask for a retest. The rash appears in the wintertime but so far, hasn't shown up this year. It's been awhile since my last ANA. The rash is always same shape, same characterist...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Lebanon
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, El Paso Region, TX - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, El Paso Region, TX - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, El Paso Region, TX - Summer
2013
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