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We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept United Healthcare POS near New Haven, CT.

Dr. Hedi Louise Leistner MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT

Dr. Hedi Leistner is a pediatric pulmonologist. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Leistner attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Leistner is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and NYU Langone Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Acupuncture, Asthma, Chronic Cough, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Pediatric Airways, Pneumonia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
15 York Street
New Haven, CT
(203) 688-5864; (203) 737-5999

Dr. Jonathan Puchalski is an adult critical care, pediatric pulmonology, and pediatric critical care specialist in New Haven, CT and West Haven, CT. Dr. Puchalski takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Anthem, and more. He attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Aerodigestive Disorders, Bronchial Thermoplasty, Cancer, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery
330 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT
(203) 785-5252

Dr. Abeel Mangi is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Mangi is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Mangi obtained his medical school training at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and performed his residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary embolism, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Amyloidosis, Aneurysms, Angina, Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Dissection, Aortic Stenosis, Aortic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
20 York Street
New Haven, CT
(203) 785-2701; (203) 785-4081

Dr. David Stitelman practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. For his residency, Dr. Stitelman trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stitelman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Chest Wall Tumors, Congenital Abnormalities, Endocrine Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Gallbladder ... (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.