We found 7 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 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. 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. Jesse J Klein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Klein graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed 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 professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

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

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)

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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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