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Dr. Matthew H Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung problems. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His average rating from his 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. Smith takes.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christina Rigas is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rigas studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Rigas trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Krolick is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Krolick trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Federico Elena Lenz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Federico Lenz is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and pacemaker. Dr. Lenz is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lenz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Andrew Hazlitt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Henry Hazlitt is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt has a special interest in holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Hazlitt trained at Baylor University Medical Center for his residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Randall Morgan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan practices general pediatrics. He is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morgan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. Dr. Morgan is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 104
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Seminole, FL. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Her training includes a residency program at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Zumaran 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.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano is a pediatrician. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Dr. Cano accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Cano attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Cano is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Fran Ellen Sterling, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling's specialty is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Sterling include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Dr. Sterling is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sterling is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saccente completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saccente honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Pai attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich works as a family medicine practitioner. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Urich honors 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 A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich speaks French. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Fractures, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, ... (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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