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We found 5 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Shield of California - Shared Advantage PPO ASO near Watsonville, CA.

Dr. Monique Marie Browns, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Monique Browns' specialty is family medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Browns include general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Browns is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of Natividad Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, General Care, Asthma, Preventive Care, Intrauterine Device

Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Cortes is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Cortes obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce L Block, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Block's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Patients gave Dr. Block an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Block focuses on asthma and allergies. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Block accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and a graduate of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe is a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. Dr. Maufe is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Behavior Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Dr. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Mueller attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.