We found 20 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Salah Fouad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
613 S Myrtle Avenue; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Salah Alandary's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Alandary include bronchoscopy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Alandary attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Alandary's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Howard Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Smith has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christina Rigas is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Rigas has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Rigas is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Henry Andrew Hazlitt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Henry Hazlitt is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Hazlitt attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Hazlitt's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Krolick attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Patient ratings for Dr. Krolick average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein sees patients in Seminole, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkelstein obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan's specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kanaan's residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Kanaan is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Randall Morgan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan is a pediatrician in Largo, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Morgan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Morgan completed his residency training at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega obtained her medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road N; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan practices general internal medicine in Largo, FL. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mahajan's areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Mahajan trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. He has a special interest in geriatric health and trigger point injections. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yamani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Arboleda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Victor Arboleda is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. Dr. Arboleda is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at Central University of Ecuador, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Arboleda at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cano include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cano honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Cano attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Cano speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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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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