We found 9 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Clearwater, FL.

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

Dr. Salah Alandary is an adult pulmonology specialist in Safety Harbor, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Largo, FL. His clinical interests include bronchoscopy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Alandary attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Alandary is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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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 works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in lung problems. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. 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 graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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All Interests: Lung Problems

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

Dr. Christina Rigas works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rigas include sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Rigas is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.

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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 medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise consist of holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Hazlitt is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hazlitt takes. 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 is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Krolick's areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. 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. Krolick attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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. Jesse John Klein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. His areas of expertise include the following: coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Dr. Klein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Klein's education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

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

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

Dr. Federico Lenz is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Lenz is especially interested in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and pacemaker. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lenz is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (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 practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, 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)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Saccente attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 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.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

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.