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Dr. Mark Avdalovic

Pulmonary Critical Care
Folsom, CA
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Folsom, CA

Address

471 Turnpike ave, Folsom, CA
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About

Bio

Associate Professor of Medicine UC Davis School of Medicine Part of the UC Davis Specialty referral network with emphasis in COPD, chronic airway disease and pulmonary vascular disease. Conduct clinical and basic science research in COPD and pulmonary vascular disease. our clinical group has multiple clinical trials for COPD and Pulmonary HTN. Additionally we are building a clinical database for COPD. Please contact me if you have any question about pulmonary medicine or wish to learn more about our research.

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Pulmonary Critical Care

Languages spoken

Croatian

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
41 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
May not be pneumonia: If you are an otherwsie healthy patient the liklhood that you would have recurrent infection with the sam bacteria is not lilely. More likely is that ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: The patients with the most successful outcomes have improvement within the first week of their illness.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not good or bad: Nutritional changes are unlikely to make huge differences in the course of COPD unless they patient has low vitamin d or is severely malnourished (ano... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes!: One of the biggest misunderstanding about a pulmonary embolism, even among certain physicians, is that the natural history of most pulmonary embolism ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Possibly: Vap is a major cause of morbidity in the ICU and prevention should make a difference in mortality and morbidity. Sepsis bundles have been demonstrate... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Multiple: Chest xray, culture of respiratory secretions, blood cultures.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Some patients with chronic neurologic conditions such as ALS (lou gehrigs dz.) can survive for years. If a patient goes on the ventilator for an acut... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Bronchodilators: Peak flow meters do not help with breathing , they measure the flow of the breathing effort. To improve the flow you need to use bronchodilators which... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Discuss with sleep M: Your sleep apnea mask will do more than just help you get a good night's sleep. By reaching a more healthy number of the stages of sleep you body will... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
See a specialist: You should be evaluated by a pulmonary hypertension expert. Look on line for the local pulmonary hypertension expert.
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends : It depends on the cause of your pulmonary hypertension. There are multiple medications that are now available to treat the many causes. It would be be... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Many: The right side of the heart eventually can fail. Current medicines can help manage the disease and early diagnosis can help hold off the complications... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Can be the same: In some patients a DVT leads to pe. In other patient they have one or the other. A DVT is a clot in the deep veins such as the legs, or veins in the p... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: There are many new options for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension compared to 15 years ago. Most believe that early diagnosis matters and that in... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Unlikely: Unless your child was born prematurely and had pulmonary hypertension diagnosed at that time or had a heart defect at birth...The diagnosis of pH is e... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Pre-existing lung DZ: Patient with COPD or cysytic fibrosis or bronchiectasis are more likely to have pseudomonas infection as well as those on a mechanical ventilator.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these ris... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these ris... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these ris... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: Pulmonary hypertension is a common consequence of heart disease like heart failure or mitral valve disease. Pulmonary hypertension that begins in the ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Varies: Bronchitis is usually cause by a a virus and the care is supportive. Sometimes we use antibiotics or even inhalers if the patient has asthma or copd. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medic... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes!!!: Immediately. You must be evaluated by a physician with these type of symptoms.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Infection: You may have an upper or lower respiratory tract infection. If your symptoms include shortness of breath and chest pain you should see the doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not common: Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung and is almost exclusively associated with asbestos exposure.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Possibly: A recent double blind study established that patient who have frequent exacerbations of COPD benefit from being place on suppressive dose of Azithromy... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Several things: Some benign causes could include hemorrhoids or breaks in the skin called fissures, while more dangerous cause may include ulcers or even cancer. The ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Similar: Chronic bronchitis is one manifestation of copd, another is emphysema and some patients have features of both.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Amount matters: The more important issue with gastroparesis is to eat small portions. Certainly difficult to digest foods can cause problems as well as foods that pro... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: More people have asthma bit more people die of copd. It is on the rise and although the influence of smoke is not questioned the rise in prevalence su... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
No: COPD is a chronic disease of the airways usually brought on by smoking. It is not contagious. It can be manged with medications and greatly improved i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not necessarily: If your cough is ongoing for more than six weeks then it is deemed chronic. If you are a smoker then yes, you may have copd. If you are nota smoker th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not recommended: Although patient can successfully become pregnant and deliver without complication in the setting of pulmonary HTN is a very risky proposition that wo... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
No: There are genetic predispositions for emphysema but even in those cases the patient is chronically exposed to smoke. Recent data has demonstrated that... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Mostly benign: Most common is a change in voice quality. There is slight increase in the incidence of osteoporosis but this is a very small risk. Patient who have CO... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not necessarily: A pulmonary embolus that is appropriately treated frequently results in totally restored lung function. Sensitivity to aerosols is more a feature of a... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Patient who have mild COPD can generate a forceful inward breath and will do well with an inhaler while patients with advnaced COPD sometimes find the... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Many reason: It could be that you have gall bladder disease or even food allergies or gluten sensitivity. Some acid blocking agents can cause gas as do some foods.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Short of breath: The initial symptoms include shortness of breath at exertion which can progress to shortness of breath at rest. Other symptoms can include chest pain ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Amphetamine: Pulmonary HTN is more common when amphetamines or weight los drugs are used. It also more common among those who have HIV and certain liver diseases. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Whooping cough can prolong the mucous, cough related symptoms of copd. It can also predispose to longer more chronic infections by altering the airway... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Complex reasons: ARDS is a condition where the lining of the air sacs in the lung become leaky and allow fluid to flow into the air sacs and making it difficult for th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Depends: Its the rate of fall thats more important than the actual number. When the partial pressure of oxygen falls below 55 or 88% hemoglobin saturation the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Both critical: Asystole mean ther is no heart activity the heart is not beating or moving in any way, it is the rhythm that a patient has when they are pronounced de... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Variable immunity: The typical immune response is variable to disease in the TB family. As a result one vaccine is not llikely to produce long term protection. In genera... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Swelling in the leg: Swelling is common sign as can be pain and redness. Occasionally one can feel the clots in the veins, but far more common is for very few symptoms to ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Increased bilirubin: Bilirubin is by product of metabolism that is "filtered" by the liver. When they dont work the levels rise in the blood turning the skin color yellow ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: This is likely due to your increased weight but could be due to other cause. You should be evaluated by an expert in pulmonary htn.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Multiple: Chest xray, culture of respiratory secretions, blood cultures.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Many: Fever, chills, productive cough and chest pain with deep breaths maybe more consistent with pneumonia while shortness of breath that wakes you at nigh... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Avdalovic is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Avdalovic is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Went to the doctor and he said my lungs sounded clear. Just waiting for the antibiotics to kick in for the sinusitis.
HealthTap member
thanks, going to see an allergist to see if i cant figure out why im sensitive to these things. my pcp doesnt think i have asthma since i dont wheeze.
HealthTap member
Thank You for all the information about Pulmonary Hypertension. I have this disease & like to stay current on treatments & hopefully, cures

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Top Pulmonary Critical Care Intensivist, First Place, California - Summer
2013
Top Pulmonary Critical Care Intensivist, Third Place, California - Spring
2017

Affiliations

UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis School of Medicine
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