We found 6 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Aetna Elect Choice HMO near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah's clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Vydyula is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vydyula is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in 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. Juan Cevallos, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Juan Cevallos' medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Cevallos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Cevallos trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cevallos accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems

Dr. Richard Francis McDonough, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Richard McDonough is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of palliative care, lymphoma, and research. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McDonough honors. Dr. McDonough studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for his residency. Dr. McDonough's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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All Interests: Research, Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Palliative Care

Dr. Samina Reza, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Samina Reza's areas of specialization are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Her areas of expertise include lymphoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reza honors. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Reza's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems

Dr. Hector L Fontanet, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Hector Fontanet's medical specialty is adult cardiology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fontanet include holter monitoring, heart valve disease, and preventive cardiology. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Dr. Fontanet honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Fontanet attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Pulmonary Hypertension, Preventive Cardiology, Holter Monitoring, Heart Valve Disease, Congenital ... (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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