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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 an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vydyula's areas of expertise consist of asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula 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, 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 is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Dr. Shah attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He takes 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, 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' specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Couluris's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couluris honors. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Couluris is accepting 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 specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Schnapf include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. He welcomes new patients.

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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 an adult allergy & immunology specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Chamarthy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chamarthy graduated from Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras. For her professional training, Dr. Chamarthy completed residency programs at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. She speaks the following languages: Telugu and Tamil. Dr. Chamarthy is affiliated with 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 works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist and facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL. Dr. Hotchkiss's clinical interests include endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Hotchkiss is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hotchkiss's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and complementary or alternative therapy. Dr. Diasti is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University for residency. Dr. Diasti (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Diasti is 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 practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Reed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Reed attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Heritage Valley Beaver for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna.

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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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Panchigar's clinical interests include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 studied medicine at Grant Medical College. He trained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Panchigar speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Locicero has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Locicero is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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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, who practices in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Sanka (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), allergy patch test, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Sanka is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. Dr. Sanka is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Sanka completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts 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: , 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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