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 practices pediatric pulmonology in Branford, CT, Guilford, CT, and New Haven, CT. 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. Dr. Palazzo's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palazzo honors. She is affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Robert Dorr works as a general pediatrician in Branford, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Dorr's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dorr accepts. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Dorr attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dorr is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Richard Kaufman is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. Dr. Kaufman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. He attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. 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)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Alanna Coughlin is a pediatrician. Dr. Coughlin is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coughlin takes. She is open to new patients. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then she performed 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
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 professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kumar takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. Dr. Kumar 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 Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Samuel Hahn, who practices in New Haven, CT and Branford, CT, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hahn is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hahn accepts. Dr. Hahn's 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 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 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zumpano honors. Dr. Zumpano attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zumpano completed a residency program at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zumpano is accepting new patients.

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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
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Linda Waldman specializes in general pediatrics. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Waldman is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Boston. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Waldman is accepting 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 Internal Medicine
12 Village Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad sees patients in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Ringstad attended medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes 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 Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Dawn Torres sees patients in Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and North Branford, CT. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torres honors. She attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Torres's training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Torres 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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