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We found 9 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Jorge Miguel Ortega, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Ortega's specialty is adult pulmonology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Dr. Ortega is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Santiago de Compostela and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then went on to complete his residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ortega honors.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, HIV/AIDS, Emphysema

Dr. Javier Perez Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez-Fernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. 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 studied medicine at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Perez-Fernandez trained at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perez-Fernandez is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas sees patients in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Patients rated Dr. Mangas highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mangas is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mangas include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Elena Marta Ubals, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2021 East Commercial Boulevard; Suite 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Elena Ubals' area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Ubals has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Santiago de Compostela and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Ubals is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ubals is professionally affiliated with Broward Health North, Memorial Hospital West, and Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Ana Maria Lamas, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Immunology, Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Ana Lamas is a medical specialist in allergy and immunology. Dr. Lamas is especially interested in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Lamas attended Yale School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Lamas speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Jonathan David Baumgard, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
5310 Nw 33rd Avenue; Suite 216
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Baumgard is a pediatrician in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Baumgard's clinical interests include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) and asthma. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Baumgard's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Jonathan Fox, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Jonathan Fox works as a family medicine practitioner in Miami, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Homestead, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Fox 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 Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Westchester General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Fox's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Viviana Sirven, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Other
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Viviana Sirven is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Sirven is conversant in Spanish. She is especially interested in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Her professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Sirven's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Central America and residency at Nassau University Medical Center. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors 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: , asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Nelson Vega, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Nelson Vega's specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Vega average 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Vega focuses on acne and asthma. He takes 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 Central University of the East School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Miami Children's Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Vega is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Acne, Asthma

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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.