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Dr. Charles Burger

Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
Jacksonville , FL
37 years experience male

Locations

Mayo Clinic

Jacksonville , FL

Address

4500 San Pablo Road S, Jacksonville , FL
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Jacksonville, FL

About

Bio

Dedicated physician with special interest and expertise in pulmonary hypertension and Lymphangioleiomyomatosis.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

Critical Care

Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

Pulmonology

Sleep Medicine

Doctor Q&A

122 Answers
4 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Mitral Regurgitation: The answer to your question depends on a lot of different factors, most importantly your symptoms and the severity of the mitral regurgitation and car... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH Association : The pulmonary hypertension association is an outstanding resource for patients and their caregivers. The website link is: www.Phassociation.Org.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Yes: Many pulmonary hypertension patients are diagnosed with ph in association with one or more related conditions. Research shows that up to 30% of sclero... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Altitude : The higher the elevation, the lower the oxygen level in the surrounding air. Low oxygen levels may cause or worsen pulmonary hypertension. You should... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH Treatment : Fda approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists (eras), ambrisentan and bosentan; oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors, tadalafil an... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH Treatment : Fda approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists (eras), ambrisentan and bosentan; oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors, tadalafil an... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Cardiac Cath: Cardiac catheterization is a broad term that encompasses right heart catheterization to assess right heart pressures, oxygen levels, and heart functio... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is quite different from systemic ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Blood clots: The main reason for the increased risk during pregnancy is the change in blood clotting. Pregnancy hormones are believed to change how the blood the c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Flu: The names and types of are often related to the living source in which the flu lives chronically, called endemic source. Swine flu (also called h1n1)... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Aspirin: Aspirin blocks platelet clumping that contributes to the blockage of the coronary artery that is the cause of a heart attack.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Asthma and COPD: Often the terms are used synonymously and there is clinical overlap. Nonetheless, asthma is considered reversible with treatment and COPD is not. Talk... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing di... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Bagging: If performed properly, there is no time limit.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Prognosis: The combination of pulmonary fibrosis and being bed bound is not favorable. Exactly how that translates to life expectancy is unknown. The patient or ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Flu: The names and types of are often related to the living source in which the flu lives chronically, called endemic source. Swine flu (also called h1n1)... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Lots of Causes: Your symptoms may be caused by allergies and sinusitis with post-nasal drip ( the collection in the back of your throat) or an infection. Check with y... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Recovery: The recovery time depends on the technical difficulty of the surgery, any complications, and your personal reserve and rate of healing. Your doctor wi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Lots of causes: Your symptoms could be from an infection, allergies or sinusitis. Check with your doctor as there are several possibilities.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Echocardiogram: Echocardiogram can be used to assess right heart size and function as well as right heart pressures all of which may indicate pulmonary vascular disea... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH and PAH: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is often first detected by echocardiogram and may be caused by a variety of conditions. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (P... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
HRT: The risk of hormone replacement therapy (hrt) must be discussed with your doctor.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Ignore: Stay active but monitor your oxygen level with pulse oximetry if your COPD is severe.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH Diagnosis: The conclusive diagnostic test for pulmonary hypertension (ph) is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressure and cardiac outpu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
High BP in the lungs: High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH and Heart Failure: High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Yes: You should review your symptoms in detail with your physician.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Weight Loss: Your only option is curtailing dietary intake for which you may need professional assistance. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH Cure: There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Mitral Stenosis : Pulmonary hypertension and edema secondary to mitral stenosis are both the result of the elevated left heart pressures that "back up" to the lung. Wh... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH evaluation: The conclusive diagnostic test for PAH is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output. The diagnosis may be... Read More
A 66-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Muscle Relaxers: There are too many drugs that are used as muscle relaxers to answer your question. In general, there should be a compatible medication for you. Talk ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Cold drinks: It is best to drink water for hydration and eat fruit for snacks rather than drinking lots of caffeinated, carbonated beverages.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Collapsed Lung: An obstruction inside the airway may prevent expansion. Alternatively, the lung or the lining around the lung could be inflamed or scarred.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH and ASD: One cause of elevated blood pressure in the lungs, called pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an abnormal connection between the heart chambers such as an ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
CHF: Weight may fluctuate in patients with congestive heart failure (chf), often due to changes in fluid retention. She needs to discuss the current and ex... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Complex Case: Your mother's case sounds complex so it is important to discuss the details with her physician to better understand her status and how all those diagn... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Mild PH: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is often first detected by echocardiogram which estimates the pulmonary artery systolic pressure. The diagnosis is confirm... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Yes: The ct findings may reflect increased right heart pressure and pulmonary hypertension. Further evaluation is necessary to be sure.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
CVP: Central venous pressure (CVP) is generally measured in a large vein returning blood to the heart or estimated on physical examination by pressure wave... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Phentermine: You should check with your physician. Echocardiogram and heart catheterization are typical methods to make a diagnosis.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Ignore: Always take the time to look at old x-rays or CT scans to see if the nodule was present.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Second hand smoke: No knows for sure but probably low. If you smoke or have a strong family history of lung cancer, then your risk is increased.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or a... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Yes: If the heart function is reduced (called heart failure) by working against the pulmonary hypertension, then one way the heart compensates to increase ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
CCHS: I presume you are referring to congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. Cchs is a multisystem disorder of the central nervous system where, most ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PAH: Viagra or sildenafil is fda approved for adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) but there have been some safety issues raised with higher d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
PH and Leg Cramps: Patients with pulmonary hypertension (ph) are prone to swelling prompting the use of water pills (diuretics) that can produce leg cramping.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Acupuncture: I am not aware of any prospective, rendomized, controlled studies that demonstrate the benefit of acupuncture for pulmonary hypertension.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Burger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Burger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :)
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This was very helpful. Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1985MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Residency

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Awards

2013 International Who's Who Executives
2014 Top Doctor Castle Connolly

Affiliations

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Scientific Leadership Council
American Thoracic Society
American College of Chest Physicians
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