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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Maybe: There are no solid scientific data on dehumidifiers in COPD patients. Most COPD patients feel worse when the weather is humid. Try the dehumidifier, i... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Not directly: Second hand smoke does not directly influence the recovery from pe but in principle is bad for anybody with a breathing problem.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Most cases of uncomplicated sepsis recover completely. Even if you have severe sepsis with organ system failures, complete recovery is still possible ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Cardiologist: Make sure you find one who specializes in the treatment of heart failure; usually at an academic center, and if it is really severe, someone affiliate... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
No: It is a less invasive alternative to lung surgery for cancer. However, there are no good studies showing it is superior to regular lung resection for ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Not directly: Sodium intake usually affects hypertension. If blood pressure is not controlled, that may make breathing harder, not directly related to copd. If the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on the kind of cancer and the individual patient. In general, all lung cancers have better prognosis if diagnosed and treated earlier.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Pulmonary embolism is an obstruction, usually caused by a blood clot, in the arteries that go from the right side of the heart to the lungs. Does not ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
More demand: The simplest way to put it is that there is more demand on the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide during exercise. That requires faster and d... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
They usually don"t: The once daily inhaler for emphysema is spiriva, you don't become immune or cease to respond to it. The newer once daily is arcapta; it is too new for... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: 2-3 liters is the usual concentration of oxygen that patients require, anything more than that is a high concentration.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Lorazepam is not a medicine for coughing or shortness of breath. You may have asthma, emphysema or a number of other lung diseases. Get yourself check... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Prevent triggers/exposures! need comprehensive allergy testing and asthma education about triggers in your environment - home, work etc. Sometimes rel... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Most of the inhalers used for asthma are safe in pregnancy. But make sure that you consult a doctor, as it is particularly important for your baby tha... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on how bad the COPD is and what the patient's wishes are. If the COPD is really bad, some patients may need to be on the vent for life unless ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: Control body weight, high blood pressure, diabetes, don't smoke, live healthy and if you have known coronary artery blockage, talk to your cardiologis... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes, see below: Chemotherapeutic agents: anthracyclines cyclophosphamide trastuzumab antiretroviral drugs: zidovudine didanosine zalcitabine phenothiazines c... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: I am sure you will get many answers to this but i recommend florida, colorado and arizona. Definitely stay out of chicago!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Absolutely: Most patients recover from this completely. Good luck!
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Yes but the mainstay of treatment are steroids to treat the allergic component.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a relatively normal lifestyle is ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Depends: It is not that common but can be caused by various reasons including childbirth, infection or drugs to name the most common. In most cases patients re... Read More
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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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Make him comfortable: How aggressive do you/does he want to be if he is terminal? I assume he is in a hospital. Antibiotics may not work because he is immunosuppressed from... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
None: They are completely different. Flovent is a steroid anti-inflammatory and pro-air is a beta agonist bronchodilator. Probably the best would be spiriva... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Smoking does its damage to the lungs and lung function deteriorates with age for everybody anyway. Environmental and occupational exposures, as well a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Advair is Flovent plus serevent (salmeterol) so Flovent is naturally somewhat less effective. If it is enough to control your asthma, stick with flove... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: An overdose of Ativan (lorazepam) especially if combined with alcohol and/or recreational drugs can cause cardiac arrest.
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Do you mean like in drugs for parkinsons? Excessive use usually makes you confused and loopy but everybody reacts individually and one may lose inhibi... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Xiphoidalgia (xiphoidynia) is a relatively rare syndrome that is characterized by localized discomfort and tenderness over the xiphoid process of the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Allergic?: He may be allergic to chocolate or one of its components. Get him tested!
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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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
They might: They might swell after surgery or they may have been swollen before the surgery. Do you mean the chest lymph nodes or any superficial ones? They may a... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Not necessarily: You usually get a fever with blood poisoning but oftentimes you don't, esp when you have an overwhelming infection which suppresses your immune system... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Maybe: If you have not had septic shock or multi-organ system failure, or any other complication of septicemia, you should recover completely.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
More oxygen delivery: In an acute asthma attack, there is not enough oxygen delivered to the body. That is why supplemental oxygen is helpful.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: If your stress-induced chest pains were caused by angina to begin with, that can lead to a heart attack if untreated. On the other hand, if they were ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Stopping smoking and controlling asthma/allergies.
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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 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: If a septic shock patient survives, the infection may have seeded to any place in the body including the bone (osteomyelitis), particularly f there ar... 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 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Get yourself checked: The most common causes for dry cough are undiagnosed asthma/allergies, postnasal drip and acid reflux. If you don't want to go to the doctor, you can ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Use a mask: A mask, scarf or something similar placed in front of your mouth will warm up the cold air and help it fill your lungs.
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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 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
No and yes: Anaphylaxis can cause shock by itself, called anaphylactic shock, which behaves almost identically to septic shock. Or, patients can develop septic sh... 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
An allergic reaction: Depending on how allergic you are, you should always carry an albuterol inhaler, or perhaps an epi-pen with you. You never know what you may be expose... 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: 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
See below: Bending over will cause the abdomen to push on your lungs and prevent them from expanding fully. Standing up fast redistributes the blood in your body... Read More
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Testimonials
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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
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