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

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

Dr. Salah Alandary specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Safety Harbor, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Largo, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Alandary speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Alandary include bronchoscopy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. 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. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Smith studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. His clinical interests include lung problems. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems

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

Dr. Christina Rigas is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Rigas's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. She obtained her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm); he sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Hazlitt's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests 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. Before completing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Hazlitt attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. 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. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. 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. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Krolick's clinical interests: coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Dr. Krolick takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

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

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein is a family medicine practitioner. After completing medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 Adult Hospital Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Kanaan's clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 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. Kanaan accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His professional 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. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. He has a special interest in hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Dr. Pai is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Pai performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Steven Morgan is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in general pediatrics. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morgan include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan's residency was performed at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Mahajan graduated from the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Maimonides Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahajan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in 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. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard works as a family medicine practitioner in Largo, FL. Dr. Howard takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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. 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yamani include geriatric health and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Yamani graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Yamani's medical residency was performed at Sound Shore Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (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. Dr. Cano's areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cano graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Fran Ellen Sterling, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling's specialty is general pediatrics. In addition to English, Dr. Sterling speaks Spanish. Her areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sterling graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Arboleda include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Central University of Ecuador for medical school and subsequently trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Dr. Arboleda speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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