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

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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Palazzo attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Palazzo's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Palazzo takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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

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

Dr. Prathibha Kumar specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kumar accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. For her residency, Dr. Kumar trained at Bridgeport Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

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

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

Dr. Richard Kaufman is an allergy & immunology specialist in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. He attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kaufman completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaufman speaks Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kaufman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Samuel Hahn practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in New Haven, CT and Branford, CT. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hahn at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hahn is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Alanna Coughlin works as a pediatrician in North Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Branford, CT. Dr. Coughlin is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Coughlin attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

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

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

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Ringstad is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice 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)

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

Dr. James Zumpano's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Zumpano average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. He has an open panel. Dr. Zumpano graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Hospital of Saint Raphael.

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Relevant Interests: , bronchitis, asthma

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

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

Dr. Robert Dorr sees patients in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Dorr graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dorr's residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is 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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Linda Waldman specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Patients gave Dr. Waldman an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Dawn Torres specializes in general pediatrics. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Torres attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. She takes Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. 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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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.
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