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Dr. Asaf Presente

Pulmonary Critical Care
CA
17 years experience male

About

Bio

I graduated from the MD/Phd Program at Northwestern University - and trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSD. Currently I practice at UCSD in San Diego as well as Kindred LTAC and Scripps Encinitas. I also do research on stem cells trying to harness them as a potential therapy for chronic lung diseases like COPD and IPF. I am currently not accepting clinic patients (I am currently practicing solely in the ICU).

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Pulmonary Critical Care

Doctor Q&A

142 Answers
38 Agrees
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Not usually: Many women have light or irregular periods, this usually doesn't indicate illness but your primary care doctor can screen for other possibilities. Bi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
You may: Most people that are hypoxic - start to feel whoozey and may see "stars" before they pass out. Rarely they feel hunger for air - this feeling is muc... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Normal: This is well within the range of normal behavior. If it starts to interfere with time for other activities then cut back, otherwise this will not harm... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Yes: While teenagers are more prone to getting "pimples" or acne due to hormonal changes affecting the environment of the skin, it is still possible and co... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Shortness of Breath: The short answer is shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity - some will also develop trouble clearing secretions and chronic/repeat infect... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Severe Heart Attack: Heart attacks - the lay term for myocardial infarction - comes in two levels of severity..Non-st-elevation (nstemi) and st-elevation (stemi) which ref... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Many poss causes: Almost all heart attacks are the result of fatty deposits on the inside of arteries that break open and cause clotting which will blocks the artery (a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Complex Q: If a person has been diagnosed with hht they should see a doctor regularly who can direct their care and screen for complications. More information c... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Not usually: Today most bronchoscopies are done with topical anesthesia and under moderate sedation (drugs that make a person very groggy but do not completely kn... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Older term: This is an older term for women with an abnormal disinterest in sex or an inability to orgasm even during masturbation. Regardless of the nomenclatur... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
See below: Restrictive lung disease is a broad category with many possible causes - it can be caused by obesity, neuromuscular injury, interstitial lung disease ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Yes: Since the current formulations of flu shots are produced in eggs anyone who is truly allergic to eggs should probably avoid these. Many people confus... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Birth control: Estrogen (and related hormones) are used for birth control, as well as for symptoms from hormone dysregulation and deficiency including dysmennorhea,... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Fiber/water: Constipation and hemorrhoids can be treated by changing a diet to include lots of fiber (fruits and vegetables are best for this - pills/powders not a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Aggresiveness: In general the terms malignant vs benign refer the tumor's propensity to extend out from the central tumor and metastasize to lymph nodes and through ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Normal,then elevated: Cardiac markers including ckmb and troponins measure damage to the heart muscle which occurs in a heart attack - the damaged/dying muscle will leak th... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
No: Bird flu, or avian flu, feels just like seasonal flu but can be more severe - if a person is passing whitish or grayish stools then he/she may have a ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Yes: Some folks have coronary arteries that are particularly spasmotic which can lead to poor blood flow to the heart (a heart attack) - also known as prin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Very: Depending on the age bracket and what diseases the prevalence is quite high. As an example chronic lower respiratory disease is the 3rd leading cause... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Possibly: In general Macrobid is good choice for treatment of a urinary tract (bladder) infection. Untreated utis can progress to kidney infections (pyelonephr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Somewhat: Intrusive? Well it usually involves putting a large bore needle into your femoral artery - however if you can benefit from it (because you can stent ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Not unheard of: Its rare - but we should distinguish between a true heart attack - blocked artery - and sudden cardiac death (usually cause by a problem with the hear... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Seizure threshold: Everyone has a seizure threshold - people can increase their risk (lower their threshold) through lack of sleep, drugs, fevers, stokes and structural ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Fever, neural sympts: Beyond generalizable symptoms of infection ie. Fevers and signs like elevated white count, elevated platelets, CRP etc. Brain abscesses will also mani... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Heart attack: Myocardial infarction is the technical term for what is commonly known as a "heart attack.".
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Big spaces: Emphasema comes in a variety of different subtypes - in bullous emphysema, lung tissue is destroyed and leaves behind large spaces that don't contribu... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
No one is immune: While teenagers are more prone to getting "pimples" or acne due to hormonal changes affecting the environment of the skin, it is still possible and co... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Atypical: Generally heart attacks occur with dull pain or pressure which usually doesn't change with palpation (touching). Of course only a full eval including ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Other forms: Exposure to other toxins including wood fires etc can also lead to COPD and there are some genetic syndromes that also predispose patients to COPD wit... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Good if not severe: While sepsis, blood poisoning from an infection and low blood pressure, is still often a fatal disease - if the person is overall healthy, if the infe... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
No simple way: Serotype/genetic testing is the only way to determine this and it can only be done in a laboratory. Symptoms alone are not sufficient however avian f... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Work your legs: The simplest answer is to avoid sexy thoughts (impossible for most teenage boys - men too!) however if you are stuck in a potentially embarrassing sit... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Not so easy: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung or lower respiratory tracts. A cold (usually caused by viruses) is an infection of the upper respiratory tract ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Meds?: By far the likeliest answer would be medications in particular viagra/sildenafil type meds. However, other possibilities should be entertained that r... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Virus: SARS is a severe acute respiratory infection caused by a coronavirus. There were several cases in 2003 and 2004 but no documented infections since th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
No evidence: There is no study demonstrating reversal of emphasema with any supplement. Having said that good nutrition is important for general health and in the... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Usually yes: In general pulmonary embolisms (like most illnesses) are less common in younger people. Having said that some underlying illnesses (including having ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may g... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
See a doctor: Anyone who has had a heart attack/mi should be under the care of a physician who can evaluate their risks and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
ACLS: The advanced cardiac life support algorithm recommends chest compression, starting and IV and giving Atropine and Epinephrine and checking a rhythm on... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Diuresis/peeing: This question describes the symptoms of heart failure and should be evaluated by a physician/nurse practitioner - esp if this is a new problem. Howev... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Chest pain = ER: All chest pain, especially unfamiliar chest pain, should be evaluated in an er by ekg, blood work, and physician exam. Time is tissue and anyone who ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Complex Q: Everyone is different. If a person has been diagnosed with hht they should see a doctor regularly who can direct their care and screen for complicati... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Not enough info: So many things can cause this that it is impossible to guess - if it persists a person with this symptom should see a doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Depends on the cause: Pulmonary hypertension can be caused by a large variety of illnesses - chief amongst them heart failure and chronic respiratory disease. These are be... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Depends on the cause: Ild comes in many subtypes - a few - especially those related to smoking or that have an hypersensitivity/allergic component can be reversed with the ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Gift horse: Congratulations! if a person can enjoy good health with poor diet and poor sleep (many young people enjoy this - for a while) imagine how much health... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Damaged heart tissue: Cardiac markers including ckmb and troponins measure damage to the heart muscle which occurs in a heart attack - the damaged/dying muscle will leak th... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Ignore: Call your doctor for antibiotics and keep your kid home/isolated - dont spread pertussis! vaccinate!
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 17 years experience
Quit: Nicotine in cigarettes can cause tachycardia - quit smoking, it is truly awful for your health.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Presente is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Presente is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I love this site it is the best one ever.May God Bless all that work together on here.THANK YOU
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Thank you Dr. Presente. Im hoping the new antibiotics will help, but my physician mentioned it could also be allergies acting up.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I just got out of DUnedin hospital, in New Zealand. Trying to learn

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2005MD

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