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Dr. Fernando Torres

Pulmonology
Dallas, TX
28 years experience male

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I specialize in pulmonary hypertension, advance lung disease, and lung transplantation

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Pulmonology

Pulmonary Critical Care

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88 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Good: Must of the pulmonary emboli are asymptomatic just because they are very small. But when patients have symptomatic pulmonary emboli and they are trea... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: If you have been diagnosed with emphysema, you need to be tested for the genetic form of emphysema: alpha1 antitrypsine.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: After a lung transplant, the patient is going to be immunosuppressed. That means that the immune system is not going to able to react and defend itse... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Depends: There are different types of surgeries that increase the chances of developing DVT and pe. Usually, the inactivity is what tends to predispose you to... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
They are different: A pneumonia is caused by an organism causing destruction of the lung tissue. Interstitial lung disease is inflammation of the lung and usually starts... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: Someone may have had vasculitis predisposing you to have a pe, but not the other way around.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Emergency Room: You should go to the emergency room and have them evaluate you if you have these feelings.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Unlikely: In order to do a living related lung transplant one needs to have two different donors. Each donor will donate a lobe of the lung and this lobe will ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Defect in the lung: Though most of the time when a lung collapses, it is caused by some type of trauma, there are some patients that have defects in the lung surface. Th... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Depends: Different types of inhalers exist for the different stages of emphysema. It is necessary that you ask your lung doctor about what stage of emphysema ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Unclear: We have not noticed any difference in race in our trials, but they were not powered to find race differences.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you need to be treated by a specialist in this disease. There are many different therapies to treat this conditio... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: Females are affected more commonly than men in a 2:1 ratio.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: It is reported more and it is better defined than in the past.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
It is possible: If you have been diagnosed with ipf, you may feel that your breathing is tight and is difficult at times to take deep breath. This is part of the dis... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Unlikely: This is a rare event. Remember how many people get the bird flu and behaves as the "the flu". But the incidence of developing ARDS is much higher th... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
The heart: Paige, this is really all semantics and doctor talk. Viruses can cause damage to your heart: cardiomyopathy. When the damage causes your heart to en... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Good question: It is true that lung volume reduction surgery(lvrs) has not ben shown to increase survival, but increases exercise capacity and quality of life. One ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: There is a very nice article published a few years ago where patients who were morbidly obese and had phtn underwent bariatric surgery and the phtn co... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Hmmmm: If you are overweight, you may need to loose weight. If your doctor tell you that there is a reason why you are developing phtn, then correcting it m... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
COPD and pertussis: Pain from pertussis is usually associated with pains from coughing. Usually muscle pains and rib pains. One could develop a life threatening conditi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
PH Center: Your relative should be treated in a ph center. This field is changing very rapidly and there are new medications that your relative can be treated w... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
ILD: This is a progressive disease. He needs to be seen by a lung specialist who can help control the progression of the disease. In some cases, it respo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Depends: The national average survival at one year is about 84% and at 3 years about 71%. That does not mean that you cannot live longer. We have a patient a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Usually no: The bird has to be infected with the virus. Usually they are sick.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: Spiriva is helpful for patients with history of copd. If you have pulmonary fibrosis and copd, there may be a role for spiriva, but not for only pulm... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Infection vs fluid: Pneumonia is a term we use when a patient has an infection. This is treated with antibiotics or other medications to kill the organism. Pulmonary ed... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: And you better be seen by a doctor.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Patience: The effects of smoking will not go away right away. Cough and phlegm may persist for months and even years. But, don't get disappointed as long term... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
posible side effect: It is possible that you are having a side effect to the beta blocker metoprolol. You will have to talk to your cardiologist to see if he recommends a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Be concern: A pulmonologist should be able to help you determine if you have emphysema or if the cysts in your lungs are related to another disease like histiocyt... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Good: The quality of life tends to be very favorable after lung transplantation compared to before the transplant. You should be able to walk without the n... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: Mitral regurgitation can cause back up of blood into your lungs and thus increase in the pulmonary artery pressures. Treatment of the mitral regurgit... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
He may be right: The current recommendations for treatment of pulmonary emboli is to treat for 6 months with anticoagulation, but there are certain circumstances that ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
See below: You need to contact a lung transplant center. They will then start the evaluation for lung transplantation and see if the patient is a good candidate... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: Oxygen therapy is not a "cure" or fix of problems in the lungs. But, if you need oxygen and you do not use it, then you may cause damage to other org... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Not always: Sepsis is a syndrome in which patients have low blood pressure and an infection which at times is associated with extreme temperatures, but not necess... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Hard to tell: There are different types of pulmonary fibrosis and some of them progress very quickly and lung transplantation is the best option for them, while oth... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Sick patient: When a patient has ards, thje patient is very sick. Thus other organs can get damaged including the kidney. BUN and creatinine are makers of kidney i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Allergies: The main concern is a patient having anaphylaxis reaction to the infusion. This is an allergic reaction. The atrial fibrillation is not associated w... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Heart stops: The problem with pulmonary emboli is that the blood clot obstructs the blood flow through the lungs. So the right side of the heart tries to pump blo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
It may: Signs of emphysema on a cxr can be noted as increase lung size. But if you want a better screening tool, lung functions re the way to go. Your docto... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Virus: Sars is caused by a viral infection in the lungs. Unfurtunately, we depend on our body to heal this type of injury. The danger of sars is that th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: No alternative treatments have been found.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Sometimes: Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic. Patients with phtn tend to retain fluid, so they need diuretics.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Depends: Must of the medications that we have for the treatment of phtn are directed towards improving exercise capacity and improving how patients feel. The ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Good question: Nikita, pulmonary hypertension is an elevation of the pressures in the blood vessels in the lungs. Arterial hypertension( I am assuming systemic hy... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: Usually, pulmonary hypertension is screened with an echocardiogram. Once this is abnormal, many tests are done including a right cardiac catheterizat... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Shortness of breath: One of the must common symptoms of a heart failing is dyspnea, but other symptoms like chest pressure, fluid retention in the legs, rapid weight gain,... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Multiple effects: Phtn is a progressive disease that affects the blood vessels of the lungs causing them to become narrow. Over time, the right side of the heart start... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Torres is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Torres is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Out of all the answers ive gotten this is the ugliest pic ive seen. It helps to remind me to STOP smoking. I thank you so much. Every time
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very comforting! Having a very hard time accepting that so much pain can be harmless. Thank you for your help!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My hubby has e coli in his sputum. No antb. From dr x 10 days will he

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

UT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Best Doctors Dallas
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Affiliations

UT Southwestern Medical Center
University Hospital-St. Paul
University Hospital-Zale-Lipshy
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