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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa

Pulmonary Critical Care
Aurora, IL
23 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Hassaballa is a Pulmonary/Crtiical Care and Sleep physician practicing in the greater Chicago area. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. His interests are in COPD, Critical Care, Lung Cancer, Pleural diseases, Sleep disorders, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

Languages spoken

Arabic, English

Doctor Q&A

415 Answers
107 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Definitely: It is quite normal to lose your appetite during an acute illness. But, it should come back as the illness gets better. If it doesn't, or if the weakne... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Are you smoking? : If you are smoking, then that is likely chronic bronchitis from the smoking. If not, you may want to get checked out by your doctor in case there is s... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Ignore: Change your focus from cure to comfort. Know that it is not your fault. Take it day by day.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
How it is delivered: A ventilator is a machine to deliver air with oxygen to a patient's lungs. It can deliver this air/oxygen mixture either by a tube in the throat, wher... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Minimal Damage: If the damage from the heart attack was minimal, the heart can still be healthy and strong. Other times, the heart can recover its strength and return... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Yes: Anything can cause a d-dimer to be high: infection, cancer, clots, inflammation. If you have a high d-dimer, it can be from anything. It is important ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Usually not: Usually the defibrillator just shocks the heart out of a dangerous rhythm. But if it is both a pacemaker and defibrillator, then it may control the he... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Close Follow Up: Usually scarring on a ct is the aftermath of some sort of inflammatory process. But, sometimes, scars can develop cancers down the line. That is, howe... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends on Symptoms: You can get rid of congestion by taking medicines such as mucinex, (guaifenesin) which is very safe. Or, if you don't want to take meds, then using a ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Get treated: You need to get treated for the COPD and the cough. Treatments can include inhalers, nebulizer medications, and even steroids. You should also make su... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
No normal number : There is no "normal" number of blebs. Unless you are currently smoking, which you really shouldn't do, those blebs were likely with you since you were... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Ignore: Brush twice a day. Floss once a day. Alcohol free mouthwashes also can help.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Go to urgent care: Good idea to get these symptoms checked out. Good luck and good health!
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Yes: You may have a pneumonia, which can happen after the flu. If you are not getting better, you should definitely go back to the doctor's office to get c... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Definition: "systemic inflammation" is a generic term of inflammation in the body. The systemic inflammatory response syndrome, or sirs, is a particular reaction ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
No Harm: When you swallow the phlegm, it simply goes in the stomach. The stomach acid will kill whatever is in the phlegm. There is no harm whatsoever. It may ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Different drugs: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a "blood thinner" that acts on the cells called the platelets. Usually, people take Plavix (clopidogrel) after a stent. Rivaro... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Better than smoking: Ideally, i would love for you to quit tobacco smoking altogether. But, i know how difficult of a challenge this can be for many people. Thus, an e-cig... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
No, it is not: COPD is not contagious at all. It is damage to the lung from smoking. You can't "catch" copd. If you smoke or inhale smoke, you can possibly get copd,... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Intriguing thought: I have seen research that diabetes can cause lung damage, and thus theoretically can make COPD worse. I don't think this has been seen clinically. Tha... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends: All you need is for your oxygen level to be 90% or greater. So, whatever oxygen flow you need to achieve this is what should be prescribed.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Not necessarily: The leading cause of emphysema is smoking, because the smoking causes a reaction in your lungs that ends up destroying lung tissue. It usually has not... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Yes, if a smoker: Asbestos exposure can cause a lung scarring condition called "asbestosis, " which is different from emphysema. But, many times, those who have been ex... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Sleep is good: Enough sleep is very important for anyone, not just patients with emphysema. That said, if you are sleeping a lot more than normal for you, that may b... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Not really related: Each condition has their own symptoms and signs, but sometimes they are similar. For instance, people with COPD and hypothyroid can both have fatigue.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Possibly: If, during exercise, your oxygen level decreases to below 88%, it may be that the muscles are not getting enough oxygen to meet their demand, and thus... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Could be: After any period of sleep deprivation, your body is going to make up the sleep that was lost. It does this both by sleeping more and making up the var... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
A number of things: There could be sleep apnea. You could also have underlying depression as well, which can also disturb sleep. Caffeine may also disturb sleep, as can a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Same for all: Everyone, regardless of age, is tested the same way for emphysema: either a lung function test or a ct scan of the chest. A lung function test is ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Shortness of breath : Typically, interstitial lung disease causes shortness of breath. It can also cause low oxygen, weakness, fatigue, cough, wheezing. Or, it can cause no... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Scarring in lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring in the lungs. There are several types, the worst being idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf), which is progressive diseas... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends: A "systemic infection" can mean either than an infection has affected the whole body and many organ systems, or it can mean that the body is reacting ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Needed labs: When on a ventilator in the icu, you need to follow the labs - such as bun, creatinine, and electrolytes - very closely, because due to the illness, v... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
It will increase: Lung compliance is how "stretchy" the lung is. When it gets filled with fluid and cells, like in ards, the lung becomes less flexible, less "stretchy,... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
They are different: Bacteremia is bacteria that is in the blood. Septicemia, or sepsis, is a total body reaction to an infection somewhere in the body. Many times, bacter... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
ICU Doctors: Critical care medicine specialists are the doctors that take care of patients who are admitted to the icu. We take care of all the aspects of the pati... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Get seen! : Any chest pain, especially if it is not expected or ordinary (like after you bump your chest or something), needs to be evaluated right away. There co... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
The Longest: Although it depends on the type of lung cancer, stage 1 lung cancer patients can have a five year survival rate of 60-80%, with some studies saying ev... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends on symptoms: If, with a low blood pressure, someone has symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, kidney failure, etc, then it is bad. But, there are many people... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Not very common: I must say that i've never heard of lung cancer spreading to the nose, but that doesn't mean that it can't do so. Typically, lung cancer spreads to th... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Above 90%: Normally, oxygen saturation should stay above 90% during sleep.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Blood Clots: Both a heart attack and a stroke is caused by a blood clot that gets lodged in a vessel in the heart and brain respectively. The only exception to thi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Don't sleep with 'em: Unless your contact lenses are made to be slept in, you should not sleep with your contacts. Even if they are extended wear, you really shouldn't slee... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Infection/reaction: Septicemia, or sepsis, is a total body reaction to infection. There are specific criteria - such as fever, high white cells (which are infection fight... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Everyone is: Everyone is potentially susceptible to sepsis. Septicemia, or sepsis, is a body's reaction to an infection. So, potentially anyone can get sepsis. Whe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Destruction of lung: This is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking. It can cause symptoms of cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It is diagnosed by ima... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Do their best: They would do their best to revive the heart and bring it back, using CPR or even shocking.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
As much as you can: Find out how many times you stopped breathing, if possible. How low did the oxygen go? How loud did you snore? Did you sleep well enough?
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Many reasons: There are a whole host of reasons why you can't fall asleep: too much caffeine, sleep apnea, not sleeping at the right time, a disturbed internal cloc... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
Aug 23, 2012
Very precise & thorough responses
Good answers
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for ur answer my dad has copd but does not have medical insurance I was wanting to know what I could do to help him :)
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I am really needing to know the side effects of severe sepsis which was bad enough to put me on life support I am now having pains in my in
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Thanks my son pass he was on a ven that's Stops supplying Oxygen to the patient Without notice Then his machine broke The respiratory Hose

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rush Medical College, IL
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Aurora, IL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Aurora, IL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Aurora, IL - Winter
2013
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