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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 sees patients in Branford, CT, Guilford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Palazzo is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palazzo takes. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Palazzo is affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes 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 Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
960 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Richard Kaufman, who practices in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Dr. Kaufman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Kaufman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaufman is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital for her residency. She is conversant in Kannada. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Dorr works as a pediatrician. Patient ratings for Dr. Dorr average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dorr accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Samuel Hahn's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Hahn attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hahn's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Alanna Coughlin practices general pediatrics in North Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. She obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. Dr. Coughlin is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes 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 General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad is an internist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ringstad accepts. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad's medical residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. James Zumpano sees patients in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Zumpano completed his residency training at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. She is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Torres is 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 General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Linda Waldman works as a pediatrician. Dr. Waldman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Waldman is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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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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.