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We found 23 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Clearwater, FL.

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

Dr. Matthew Smith practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include lung problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smith honors 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 the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is 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 sees patients in Largo, FL, Tampa, FL, and Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Rigas's areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Rigas attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is professionally 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, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Hazlitt has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hazlitt include holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt's professional 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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). 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. Dr. Patel studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. He completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Patel is professionally 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. He practices in Largo, FL, Tampa, FL, and Pembroke Pines, FL. His clinical interests include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Krolick completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Jesse John Klein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klein include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, PET Scan, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein works as a family practitioner. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Finkelstein graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks 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)

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

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan sees patients in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mahajan's areas of expertise include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Mahajan performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Mahajan is 4.0 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. Mahajan accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kanaan's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. Dr. Kanaan graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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)

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

Dr. Steven Morgan is a general pediatrician. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Morgan 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 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. 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

Dr. Federico Elena Lenz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Federico Lenz works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. In addition to English, Dr. Lenz speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and pacemaker. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Lenz 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. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Ellen Anlas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8250 Buyan Daily Road; Suite 310
Layo, FL
 

Dr. Beth Anlas' specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Anlas include diabetes, pap test, and anemia. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Anlas studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Anlas is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Anemia

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

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. Dr. Yamani has a special interest in geriatric health and trigger point injections. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating 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. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Yamani trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for his residency. His professional affiliations include 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. Victor Arboleda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Victor Arboleda's area of specialization is general internal medicine. After completing medical school at Central University of Ecuador, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Arboleda's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Arboleda honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Jason Howard works as a family practitioner in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. 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: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

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