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

Dr. Matthew Smith is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Smith has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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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 an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Rigas has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Rigas is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

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

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

Dr. Henry Hazlitt is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Hazlitt attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Hazlitt's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

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

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

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Krolick attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Patient ratings for Dr. Krolick average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks 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. Steven Randall Morgan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan is a pediatrician in Largo, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Morgan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Morgan completed his residency training at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai is in-network for 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: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

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

Dr. Federico Lenz specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Clearwater, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Lenz include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and pacemaker. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Lenz attended medical school at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lenz has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

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

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. Her training includes a residency program at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Zumaran accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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.

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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's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cano include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cano 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 Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Cano attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Cano speaks 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 is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Sterling speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sterling honors 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: , 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's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Dr. Saccente's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program.

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

Dr. Norman Urich works as a family medicine physician. Dr. Urich studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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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