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Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi.

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

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Wesley Chapel, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include sleep disorders, asthma, 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. Dr. Shah obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor Usf Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris' medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Dr. Couluris 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. Couluris is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Dr. Bruce M Schnapf, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf practices pediatric pulmonology in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. In his practice, Dr. Schnapf focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received distinctions including Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Schnapf is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Dr. Latha M Narasimhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Latha Chamarthy is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. She works in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Chamarthy 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. She is a graduate of Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras. Dr. Chamarthy's medical residency was performed at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. She speaks Telugu and Tamil. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
5105 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss' areas of specialization are pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery; she sees patients in Tampa, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hotchkiss include endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Hotchkiss trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for her residency. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 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. Hotchkiss takes. She has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti works as a general internist. He graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Diasti trained at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Diasti include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and complementary or alternative therapy. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Diasti takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Diasti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Heritage Valley Beaver, Dr. Reed attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4543 South Manhattan Avenue; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nimesh Panchigar specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Panchigar at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. Dr. Panchigar trained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karon Locicero's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Locicero include diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for her residency. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Locicero takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Audiometry Test, Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Madhurima Sanka, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Madhurima Sanka works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sanka completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sanka include sinusitis (sinus infection), allergy patch test, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sanka accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sanka (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergy Skin Testing, Rhinitis, Mouth Problems, Skin Biopsy, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergy Patch Test, ... (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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