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Dr. Rada Ivanov

Pulmonary Critical Care
Chicago, IL
31 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

602 Answers
207 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Symptom-wise - fever, chills, confusion, low blood pressure, rapid heart beat, weakness and fatigue, to name a few. We also look at certain tests - hi... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on how severe it is and how well it responds to medicines. Some may recover, some may be stabilized with medicines, some may require heart tra... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes and no: Give it a try and see. In general, it is better to use facial-specific products on your face, but they are more expensive. It all depends on how sensi... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: If your asthma is uncontrolled, you are more susceptible to lung infections. Or, you may have an immune deficiency. Get yourself checked and make sure... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
No: If the heart stops and there is no perfusion to the respiratory center in the brain, they will stop breathing.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not much: Few weeks, couple of months at the most. Get her in hospice and finalize her stuff - will, papers, goodbyes to family and loved ones etc. Sorry and go... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: The ventilation part of the v/q scan will show air trapping which may be patchy. The perfusion is usually not affected much but bottom line is the v/q... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: It is very hard to say, may be any day now or may be several weeks. The hospice nurse should alert you when he starts slipping into a coma, then it wi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: It usually goes the other way around - a vasculitis predisposes to pe.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
?: Small cell lung cancer usually goes by limited or extensive disease, depending on whether it has spread from one lung to elsewhere. Non-small cell lun... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
No: In fact it will improve it. Post-nasal drip makes asthma worse. Go for it!
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Don't know how old you are and what kind of lung disease you have, but in general, if you have asthma, you may be able to work it up; if you have COPD... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Psychological?: Filling your stomach and lying down prevent the lungs from expanding fully, especially if you are overweight. Being overly tired can give you all sort... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Very worrisome: These are the symptoms of shock. It may be that he/she is infected and septic, or have had a heart attack, stroke, bleeding on the inside or many more... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on how virulent the strain of organism that causes the pneumonia is, and how close of a contact you have had with the sick person. If you have... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: More likely asthma precipitated by the cold weather; if you have fever, productive cough, chest pain, it may also be pneumonia. You may have both. Get... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: The weight that you may have lost is due to dehydration. It will come back as you recover. I don't quite understand your question. If you are worried ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Peak flow: The rescue inhaler should work pretty fast, if it doesn't go to the er or call 911. A good gauge to how bad your asthma attack is will be your peak fl... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: Asthma causes a chronic cough. Make sure you control your kid's asthma! good luck!
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Resp rate of 40 is elevated, not as bad for a 3 year old as would be for an adult but still. Try his asthma meds if you still have them, if they don't... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: 35 years of smoking can definitely worsen your bronchial condition. Also, if you had bronchitis as a child, you may be predisposed to asthma and simil... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: No, the pulse is usually high and so is the blood pressure unless that someone is in cardiogenic shock, when it would be low and they should be in an ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
No: A chest x-ray may be suggestive of these disorders, but not confirmatory. The definitive test would be pulmonary function testing.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: You did not have any of those injections causing fungal meningitis that are all over the news, i hope? Get yourself checked asap, even if you didn't!
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not good: Most patients with stage 4 lung cancer don't survive more than 6 months. But this is of course individual and you should look for the best possible tr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Follow up: See a pulmonologist. This may be anything from scar tissue, through infection, to cancer. Depending on how big it is, you may need either a biopsy, pe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Rarely: Lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing out blood, shortness of breath, weight loss or pain are usually late and signify advanced d... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Usually left: Usually the left arm but sometimes the right or none. If you are having concerns, get yourself checked right away as this is a serious and very treata... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Any of these: To my knowledge and from my experience, all of the above are safe in a patient with seizures. None of the allergy and asthma medications really increa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Crackles: We hear wet crackles when we examine the lungs with a stethoscope. Breath sounds may be diminished f there is fluid around the lungs. If you are aski... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Biopsy: Biopsy is needed to prove cancer. However, it cannot be done while on anticoagulation which he needs for the pe. You may consider a pet scan to find t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Looking for reason: Subcutaneous emphysema alone is a self-limited problem. The rationale to doing serial x-rays is usually to find something else that may be treated suc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
No: The main breathing muscle is the diaphragm. That together with the other breathing muscles between your ribs brings air in the lungs where the oxygen ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: It literally detects the stopping of respirations or heartbeat. I assume you mean the monitor in the hospital. If you are talking about the house vide... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: In the past, croup was equivalent to diphtheria, which we don't see any more because of vaccination. Croup generally refers to upper respiratory probl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: It is very uncommon but yes, it may happen. On the other hand, hiccups which are produced by the diaphragmatic nerve, may mean that something has alre... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not directly: Cardiac arrest by itself would not cause hypernatremia but if the patient has become dehydrated during the events that led to the cardiac arrest, that... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on what you define as young. There are well-known risk factors for pulmonary embolism which include immobilization that can occur at any age; ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not very good: Too many variables. Depending on how much she has been disabled from the strokes etc, if she is on dialysis and the blood pressure is now controlled, ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: Hospice or comfort care, lots of morphine which suppresses the feeling of breathlessness and lets the patient pass away without undue suffering and wi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Very rare and usually undiagnosed. Would only happen during delivery, only dangerous if a big bubble of air enters your bloodstream and lodges in the ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Many things: Anything from swollen lymph nodes from recent dental work or tooth infection, through deep-seated neck tissue infection, to cancer. Go get yourself ch... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Surgery: If the cancer is early stage (1 through 3a), surgery has the best outcomes. The more advanced the stage, the worse the outcomes. Make sure you ask the... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Try melatonin: Try over-the-counter sleeping pills such as melatonin. Do you have nightmares? Do you have allergies? If melatonin doesn't work, consult your doctor o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Probably not: Probably not but one never knows - I have seen patients in their twenties who never smoked die of lung cancer. If you smoke, quit because the risk acc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Probably nothing: People get sepsis, and newborns are more susceptible because of undeveloped immune systems. Very rarely, babies may have other kinds of immune deficie... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: There is data that getting treated early may slow the progression of the disease. But this comes from the pharmaceutical companies who want to sell th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, especially if taken for a longer time and in a higher dose. We are talking about systemic corticosteroids - by mouth or vein. A proton pump inhib... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Many things: If you are 19, likely nothing serious but if you really don't feel well or the pain doesn't go away in a couple of days, by all means have yourself ch... Read More

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Sep 16, 2012
Great answers, precise & thorough!
I recommend this physician.
I recommend this physician!
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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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