Dr. Hesham Hassaballa

Pulmonary Critical Care
Aurora, IL
24 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 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely: Any type of cigarette smoke affects the lungs, including second hand smoke. It is not as bad as directly smoking, but still. It is better to stay away... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Shortness of breath: Usually, the advanced stages of emphysema are associated with shortness of breath, even at rest. Sometimes cough, chest tightness, wheezing. Many time... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Yes: There is evidence that the heart can be damaged and not function well in sepsis. Sepsis, in fact, can cause damage to a number of organs: the lungs, k... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely: It is definitely possible to survive septic shock. The most important thing is finding the source and treating it quickly and aggressively. The shock ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
To get treatment: Bleeding disorders can be devastating and deadly. It is very important to know you have one and get the proper treatment right away.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Possibly: There is a procedure called an endobronchial valve, which blocks specific segments of the lung to help improve function. It is like lung volume reduct... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Oh yes!: Quitting smoking is the absolutely best thing you can do. With every puff of smoke, you damage the lung more and more. When you quit, this damaging pr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Fight or Flight: Adrenaline is one of the main hormones of the "fight or flight" response, which is ingrained in us as humans. It helps feel alert, and it raises heart... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pretty low: If you haven't smoked for a long time, the risk of developing new emphysema is pretty low. But, any damage that was sustained previously will always b... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Possibly: If asthma is poorly treated, it is possible for the changes - which are typically reversible in asthma - to be permanent. So, make sure your asthma is... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
No, unfortunately: Emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue. Once lung is destroyed, it can't come back.
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A member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
From obesity: "pickwickian syndrome" is an old term for "obesity hypoventilation syndrome." this is when the lungs can't process the carbon dioxide because of too m... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Poss. sleep disorder: You may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. I would get evaluated by a sleep specialist.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
See a doctor: These symptoms may mean a serious condition, either in heart, lungs, or both. I would get evaluated right away.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely!: The "pneumonia shot" is a vaccine against streptococcus pneumoniae, a very common and potentially deadly bacteria. It does not prevent all pneumonia, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
A few: Pregnant women can get sleep apnea. They can also get restless leg syndrome and limb movements of sleep. Also, the frequent urination due to the baby ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not enough fluid: When you get up quickly, many times the blood in your feet take time to get to the heart. So, you can feel faint for a bit until the blood goes to you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Destruction: Alpha-1 anti-trypsin is a protective chemical in the body that prevents destruction of lung and other tissues from the damage that the infection fight... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not necessarily: If your lungs are not particularly sensitive to the strong smell and chemicals of vick's vapor rub, then it should be fine if you have emphysema. The ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely!: 65 is young! a diagnosis of emphysema is not a death sentence. People with emphysema live full, good lives. The most important thing is to not smoke, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pushing on lung: When you eat a large meal, the stomach expands. The stomach is right underneath the lung on the left side, and so when it pushes on the lung, it makes... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Shape of chest: A "barrel chest" is the change in shape of a chest due to emphysema. When the lungs get destroyed from smoking (most often), it is hard to blow the ai... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Keep above 90%: Your oxygen level should always remain above 90%, whether on oxygen or not. By the meds you are taking, it seems that you have a condition called COPD... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not at this point: As far as i know, there are no such treatments. But, i would not stop hoping for such a treatment. Hopefully, the politicians in washington won't bloc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
It can: Depending on how your body reacts to the mold, it can make you sick.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Vagal reaction: When you vomit, it may cause a surge of the vagus nerve, which can slow down the heart. That may be the reason. But, if this happens often, you should... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Yes: And they can have serious, life-threatening side effects. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If you feel you are addicted, yo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
In some people: Different people with emphysema have different triggers for symptoms. In some, the cold weather makes it more difficult to breathe. In others, warm, h... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
They are related: Copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, includes both chronic bronchitis (coughing up sputum each day) and/or emphysema (destruction of lung t... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely!: Smoking is most likely the primary cause of your emphysema. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue. When you smoke, you inhale toxins and other damag... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Yes: The air pollution can make the symptoms in patients with emphysema worse, like cough or shortness of breath. It depends.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Relax and believe: You need to relax and believe that everything will be ok. That doesn't mean that there can't be complications: there is no guarantee in anything. But,... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Maybe: Sometimes COPD is connected to a-fib, especially if the COPD is not well controlled. But, also, the leaky value could be the cause of the a-fib too. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
That Depends: There are a lot of factors that determine survival without treatment for lung cancer: the cell type, how big the cancer is, whether it has spread anyw... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Different things: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue from (most often) smoking. Lung cancer is an abnormal growth of lung tissue that can cause destruction of many... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Stay away!: You must avoid any more exposure to tobacco smoke. Every exposure can damage the lungs further. If that means kicking them out of the room, do it! you... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
A lung reaction: ARDS is an inflammatory reaction in the lungs from a number of things, including infections such as pneumonia, or from inflammation of the pancreas, o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Destruction of lung: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking. I some people, it is due to a genetic deficiency of a particular blocking enzyme. It... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activiti... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
See a doctor: It is hard to know what your grandma has. I would send her to see her doctor, or, if not possible, call and ambulance and send her to the hospital.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Small minority: Normally, the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is what determines the drive to breathe. In some patients with copd, however, their drive to breath... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not many: ARDS is a clinical disease; usually, chest xrays are usually suggestive. Ct scans of the chest are better. Sometimes, lung biopsies done by a lung sur... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not sure...: There is something called "broken heart syndrome, " where a very severe stress can cause heart damage that looks very much like a heart attack. But, u... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
No good treatemtns: Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory dr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Oh yes! : Pulmonary edema is excess fluid in the lungs. It can cause difficultly with breathing, low oxygen, and may even require a ventilator. It has a whole h... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Making antibodies: What is happening with an allergy shot is this: the doctor gives you very small doses of what you are allergic to in order that you can develop an imm... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Absolutely: Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide. It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and ha... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Not liquid in lungs: Pleurisy is not liquid in lungs. It is inflammation of the lung and chest wall lining. Now, many times, there is fluid around the lung because of the ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
Aug 23, 2012
Very precise & thorough responses
Good answers
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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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