We found 20 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept BlueCare Essential 1486 near Clearwater, FL.

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
613 S Myrtle Avenue; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Salah Alandary practices adult pulmonology in Safety Harbor, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Largo, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alandary include bronchoscopy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Alandary completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

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

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

Dr. Matthew Smith's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include lung problems. Dr. Smith is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally 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' specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. She practices in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rigas honors. Dr. Rigas attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

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

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 in Clearwater, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Hazlitt is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hazlitt include holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Hazlitt's medical residency was performed at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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)

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. The average patient rating for Dr. Krolick is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Krolick is professionally 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)

Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Finkelstein is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega works as an internist. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramirez-Ortega takes. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan is a specialist in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Kanaan's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kanaan performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai's specialty is general pediatrics. His clinical interests 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. Dr. Pai is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan is a pediatrician. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morgan include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morgan accepts. Before performing his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center, Dr. Morgan attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Morgan is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road N; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mahajan's professional affiliations include 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College, Dr. Yamani performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard practices family medicine in Largo, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Howard completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano practices general pediatrics. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cano takes. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Cano performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. In addition to English, he 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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Sterling has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sterling honors. She is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sterling is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, 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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