We found 10 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Health Net near Branford, CT.

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6 Business Park Drive; Suite 202
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Regina Palazzo is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. She obtained her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Palazzo honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Palazzo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, Bronchitis, Allergies, Sickle Cell Disease, Asthma

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
420 E Main Street; Building 2 Suite 6
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Robert Dorr is a general pediatrician in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dorr is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dorr is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Physical Exams, Allergies, Asthma

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Alanna Coughlin is a general pediatrician. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Coughlin attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Dr. Coughlin is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Child Abuse, Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
960 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Richard Kaufman is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Kaufman attended Yale School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Italian. Dr. Kaufman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunization, Ear Infection, Hives, Fibromyalgia, Respiratory Infection, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
251 West Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar works as a general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Hepatitis, Infertility, Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Samuel Hahn practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hahn's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hahn honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Down Syndrome, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, Holter ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
144 N Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. James Zumpano practices general internal medicine in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Zumpano is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zumpano accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Zumpano attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zumpano welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Bronchitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Angina, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Dawn Torres' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Torres takes Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Torres's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Child Abuse, Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Linda Waldman's specialty is general pediatrics. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Waldman attended Harvard Medical School. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waldman honors. Dr. Waldman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sports Health, Physical Exams, Consultation, Immunization, Ear ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad works as an internist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Before performing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Ringstad attended the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ringstad is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Sinus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (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.