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We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1443 near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Andres Freidel Pelaez Freidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2000 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Andres Pelaez is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Orlando, FL, Gainesville, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Pelaez's clinical interests encompass lung transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pulmonary hypertension. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his residency. Dr. Pelaez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Dr. Wael Nasser, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Wael Nasser's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Orlando, FL and Gainesville, FL. Dr. Nasser has a special interest in acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis (blood poisoning). He is professionally affiliated with South Lake Hospital, the University of Florida Health (UF Health), and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nasser honors. Dr. Nasser obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , acute respiratory distress syndrome

All Interests: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Sepsis

Dr. Mark Steven Bleiweis, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Bleiweis is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bleiweis include lung transplant, heart valve surgery, and pulmonary hypertension. He is in-network for 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 California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received the following distinctions: American College of Surgery, Fellow; Adult Congenital Heart Association; and American Heart Association. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Down Syndrome, Stenosis, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, ... (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.