We found 17 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept BlueCare Essential 1486 near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Romero include sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. Dr. Romero's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Romero completed a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. 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: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

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

Dr. Merrill Krolick specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. The average patient rating for Dr. Krolick is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Krolick's professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire specializes in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Alkire's clinical interests: lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Alkire attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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 has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Lennox Walsh, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walsh include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh honors. Dr. Walsh attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary edema, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Vascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Keene's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 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. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Keene is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

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 is a general internist in Clearwater, FL. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. On average, patients gave Dr. Ramirez-Ortega a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Yamani's clinical interests: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Yamani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Benjamin R Devries, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. Dr. Devries honors 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 Largo Medical Center, Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Arboleda is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Arboleda obtained his medical school training at Central University of Ecuador and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Mark Christopher Stine, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Stine's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stine include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and heart problems. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stine completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes

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

Dr. Carlos Cano is a pediatrician in Largo, FL. Dr. Cano is rated highly by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cano takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 practices general pediatrics in Largo, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Sterling speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sterling include 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. She 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.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Patient reviews placed Dr. Saccente at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. Dr. Saccente is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Morgan's clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Morgan attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Urich (or staff) speaks the following languages: French, Polish, and Russian. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. Dr. Urich is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Urich an average rating of 3.0 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, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Asthma, Injuries, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, Anxiety, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai is a general pediatrician in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pai honors. He obtained his medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Pai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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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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