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Dr. Rada Ivanov

Pulmonary Critical Care
Chicago, IL
33 years experience female

Locations

Office

Chicago, IL

Address

5600 W Addison #304, Chicago, IL
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

<i>Dr Ivanov relocated to the US in 1990. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and then Fellowships in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-StLuke's Medical Center. She has a Master's Degree in Clinical Research from Rush as well. She has been in private practice in Pulmonary and Critical Care with Midwest Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants since 1999, where she is a Partner. She has also held multiple administrative positions at various institutions throughout this time and currently.</i> <i>Dr Ivanov enjoys patient care and interacting with people. She is married with two sons. She likes hiking, skiing, birdwatching and going on Medical Missions to serve the underprivileged, most recently in Honduras and Ghana, together with her older son.</i>

Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Languages spoken

Bulgarian, English

Doctor Q&A

474 Answers
158 Agrees
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: The nodule is not very large and is not growing very fast so i think it is safe to wait another 3 months which doesn't change the fact that you will h... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: You may have post-nasal drip or gastric reflux; both of these disorders get worse when you lie down and exacerbate your asthma. Or, you may be allergi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: More oxygen, or morphine/derivatives to help with the shortness of breath. Also depends on how exactly the cancer is causing the shortness of breath -... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on how severe the hypoxic injury is, which is usually relative to the time the brain was deprived of oxygen, as well as to the patient's age a... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
10+%: Depending on which study you look at, the risk is at least 10% even if the pe was provoked by a transient factor (immobility, pregnancy etc). Data sho... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See a specialist: Most importantly, you should learn what your triggers are and how to avoid them. If you still cannot control your asthma, there are a lot of medicines... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Absolutely: Breathing is very dependent on the mind. Any type of mental stress, depression or anxiety will affect it.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: My guess would be asthma, acid reflux or musculoskeletal pain. Check for those.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Find a good doctor: Find a doctor with whom you have rapport and work together on getting the best regimen of medicines/pulmonary rehabilitation etc. If this is about you... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Any vodka can cause a heart attack if consumed in excess. I am not aware of the flavors in particular being a risk factor unless one is sensitive/alle... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Make sure you check your oxygen saturations and get supplemental oxygen if you need it. That is a major cause of feeling exhausted, and is usually rev... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Many: Many including most notably immune suppression and various infections after chemotherapy; cardiac, renal and liver toxicities, radiation pneumonitis a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Nothing to worry about in these numbers, rest assured. Let us know if there is anything else you are alarmed about!
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Probably not: Not unless you need a diagnosis on what kind of pulmonary fibrosis you have exactly. By "blisters", i assume you mean either bullae or bronchiectasis.... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes and no: If the child has a cardiac problem that has not been diagnosed, they are more prone to have a cardiac arrest if they participate in athletic activitie... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Anxiety and attention deficits can be side effects of albuterol and frequent albuterol usage is a sign of uncontrolled asthma which can also give you ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Identify any triggers of her asthma that may be causing it to be uncontrolled such as new activities that she has started where she may be allergic to... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Stop smoking: I am sure I am not the first one to tell you that. You can check spirometry with your doctor and see if you need more inhalers, or a chest x-ray to ma... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: 3a - t3n1; t4n0; t1-3n2. 3b - t4n2; t1-4n3. Any m makes it stage 4. This is out of the newest TNM classification 2010. It is very confusing to both... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, if it works for you. Generally, singulair (montelukast) works for allergies and asthma, and it is a very well tolerated medication. Give it a try... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: If the fluid is in the lungs, it is usually treated with medications such as furosemide. If it is around the lungs, draining it may help. Good luck!
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
It might: It may give you acid/indigestion that may feel exactly like a heart attack. But if you are at risk otherwise, better safe than sorry and get yourself ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Asthma usually shows reversibility - improvement after inhaled bronchodilator, and preserved lung volumes (TLC) and dlco (diffusing capacity for carbo... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Especially if your asthma is not controlled, you can get sensitized to multiple things that you are continuously exposed to. It is a vicious circle. Y... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes and no: Depends on how bad your COPD is. By all means, stop smoking, exercise - pulmonary rehabilitation would be a god thing, and follow up with your doctor!
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
By how you feel: If you still feel short of breath/coughing/wheezy/tired, your asthma medicine may not be working. It may be that the canister is empty (don't hear any... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Not much: Make sure you have a definitive diagnosis, as interstitial lung disease may mimic many other problems that are easily treatable, and there are also se... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: If the child is allergic to cats, repeated exposure can cause him/her to develop asthma. Allergy testing and avoidance of exposure should help.
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Vital capacity is the volume of air you can move with maximum inspiration and expiration; irv (inspiratory reserve capacity) is what you can do with m... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Long stretch: Rather a long stretch, bird needs to be infected and you need to be in very close contact with it as it is sick or dying.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Not directly but being overweight may cause you to be less mobile which is a risk factor for thromboembolic diseases.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: You could very well have pneumonia, go get yourself checked! good luck!
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Kidneys: Creatinine and efgr reflect kidney function. This may be related to your diabetes. Asthma doesn't have anything to do with that, and thyroid probably ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Sometimes: Viral and postpartum cardiomyopathies, for example, may reverse with time and treatment. It all depends on the patient, cause and response to treatmen... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Usually shorter than if you quit smoking.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Not much: Don't smoke, avoid exposures (dust, fumes, coal etc), adhere to a healthy lifestyle. No specific medication, herb or diet has ever proven conclusively... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Hearing voices is not normal, period. This is no part of asthma. Get in control of your sleep - sleeping pills etc, if that doesn't help, see a mental... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Dry throat? Try a humidifier or ocean spray before you go to sleep. Don't drink alcohol or smoke, these activities dry you up. Sleep apnea? Get yourse... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: "unconscious and exhaling only" sounds like agonal breathing so he was not dead yet but very close to it. Both massive stroke and massive heart attack... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Any of these can cause cardiac arrest if overused. Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting, Ativan is a little longer-acting so it can build up more in y... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Multiple: Exposures - occupational and other, autoimmune diseases, idiopathic, to name a few.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: We treat ARDS routinely. Low tidal volume mechanical ventilation, supportive care and treating the underlying disorder.
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Go: Go to er or an urgent care. This may be thrombophlebitis or an infection that has gotten into your bloodstream.
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, definitely. He needs pulmonary function tests and perhaps a ct scan to make sure he doesn't have cancer as well. Good luck!
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes and no: Maybe, maybe not. COPD and the medications used to treat it may make the atrial fibrillation worse, or the leaky aortic valve may worsen the copd. Or ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Oximeter: Buy yourself a pulse oximeter, you can find them online and they are not too expensive, $20-30. If your oxygen saturation is in the lower 90-es or fal... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Quite likely: Quite likely, unfortunately. Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Probably: Most lung cancers show up on chest x-ray unless they are really small in which case a ct scan is better. Mri does not picture the lungs very well. At ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
It can still spread: Depends on what kind of cancer and what stage. Best if can be surgically removed. If not, it is likely more advanced and make sure to ask his oncologi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on what kind of cancer and what stage, may be from several weeks to several years. Go online or ask your doctor to provide you with the number... Read More
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Sep 16, 2012
Great answers, precise & thorough!
I recommend this physician.
I recommend this physician!
HealthTap member
Thanks i have not done bronchoscopy ct or biopsy, I always have pneumonitis in my xray and frequent coughing years from due to mild asthma.
HealthTap member
It was good but I was terminated from my job by a doctor who had never seen me. I have asked 3 separate doctors who did see me and said 2
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Thanks for the advice, Dr. Ivanov. She is currently being monitored at the hospital. Will look into the possibilities you've just mentioned.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical Academy, Higher Medical Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

US News and World Report Top 100 Physician 2011
Top Pulmonary Critical Care Intensivist, Second Place, Illinois - Summer
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Chicago Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Midwest Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants
Midwest Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants
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