Dr. Mark Avdalovic

Pulmonary Critical Care
Folsom, CA
27 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.

Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Languages spoken

Croatian

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
41 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
YES: Typically hyperglycemia is the diagnostic result of having uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes. Occasional hyperglycemia can be fleeting in times of ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Partially: Only if combined with appropriate medications that improve exercise capacity. If you have pulmonary hypertension you should be evaluated by a speciali... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Difficult: This can be very difficult. The symptoms include constant shortness of breath, lethargy, weakness, coughing, daily oxygen need, sleepiness. Consulting... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Low protein: Have have a low protein diet and you must avoid alcohol.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends: The term pulmonary aspergillosis may refer to actual infection of the lung by aspergillus which usually occurs in patients with depressed immune syste... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
NO: The HIV epidemic affected many hemophiliacs but those that survived through that time and those diagnosed after the HIV epidemic was fully realized ha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
As an adjunct: Acupuncture should not replace proven therapies for pulmonary htn. It can be used as an adjunct to the proven therapies that are available.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: It has been associated with higher incidence of pulmonary hypertension but it is dependent on how long you are on it and certain predisposing genetic ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Go to ER: This could be a lifethreating situation, such as sepsis. Go to er or your doctor immediately.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends: If the pulmonary hypertension is a result of the lungs having damage(rds) then when the lung improve the pulmonary HTN may improve also, if the pulmon... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Elderly: Elderly folks and those with chronic illness like diabetes, heart failure, kidney failure or those who are on immunosuppressive medications, like pred... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Achilles pain: Allergic reactions to antibiotics are the most concerning. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be associated with lower blood sugars but one interesting side ef... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
An organism: Fungus is a type of organism that usually grows in moist environments. Rarely it can cause disease especially in people with depressed immune systems.... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends: You may have structural lung disease such as asthma and copd. You may be predisposed to infection because of habits like too much alcohol or poor slee... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends: Multiple factors contribute to a persons death from emphysema. If the person still has good exercise capacity and no heart disease they tend to live l... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Very good: Most patient survive their first blood clot, its the second or third that end up causing more damage. This is why making the diagnosis is key and prov... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Hand washing: Sometimes the first event in bacterial pneumonia is catching a virus which breaks down natural defenses and allows for bacteria to proliferate. Certai... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Go to ER!!!!: See your doctor immediately. Although your symptoms maybe be minor there is no way to tell without a full medical evaluation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
NO: Atypical pneumonia is most often successfully treated with antibiotics. It would the rare exception that atypical pneuminia would lead toward death.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Possibly: Best doctor to see is an ENT specialist with interest in vocal cord disorders.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
HIGH BP in the LUNG: Persistant pulmonary HTN means that the the blood pressure in the lung is elevated even during rest. There can be many causes including heart and lung... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Many: There are several tests that a patient goes through to confirm primary pulmonary htn. The process usually begins with an ultrasound of the heart (echo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine(coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs ca... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Should not be: Digoxin is used for management of atrial fibrillation and chronic heart failure. It has no role in the management of acute pulmonary edema or acute he... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Potentially: Potentially but is is very rare. Likely less than 1 in a million. There is a mutation that is frequent among patient with unexplained pulmonary htn, f... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
See your lung doctor: You want to visit a lung doctor who specializes in "interstitial lung disease". This disease is sometimes associated with other immune disorders such ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Potentially: Interstitial pneumonia are occasionally caused by reversible causes like inflammation or viral infection. Often interstitial pneumonia can be somethin... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Shortness of breath: Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and leg swelling. The early symptoms come and go but as the dise... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes!: This is a common cause for the disease.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
May take a while: Some bacteria can create symptoms that create a chronic cough for 6-8 weeks but most patient have resolution of the intial symptom n 2 weeks. The fati... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Unlikely: Certain cause of pulmonary HTN can be treated with this medication.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
related: Sirs are the signs of an activated immune response, increased temperature, respiratory rate, elevated white count etc while sepsis is sirs plus a sign... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Unlikely: The most common way the heart muscle becomes damaged is when blood flow to the heart muscle is impaired. The most common mechanism is atherosclerosis ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes: Pneumonia is inflammation in the lung usually form infection it can occur throughout the year but is more common during winter months.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
1 thru 4: Stages may refer to functional class which is i: no symptoms ii: symptoms with moderate exertion iii: symptoms with minimal exertion(short walk) ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Bronchodilators: To improve the flow of air you need to use bronchodilators which open the airways and allow the air to pass through more easily. There are many inhal... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Depends: About 40% of patient with COPD can have a common form of heart failure which can be improved with a variety of medications. There is a smaller group o... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Similar: Chronic bronchitis is one manifestation of copd, another is emphysema and some patients have features of both.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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