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We found 14 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept BlueSelect All Copay 1535 near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Matthew Smith practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include lung problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smith honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems

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

Dr. Christina Rigas sees patients in Largo, FL, Tampa, FL, and Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Rigas's areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Rigas attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is professionally 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, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Hazlitt has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hazlitt include holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt's professional 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. Robert Michael Pepper, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
8200 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert Pepper is a physician who specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Pepper studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Hypertension, Obesity, High Cholesterol, Injuries, Breast Exam, Menopause, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Merrill Krolick's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Largo, FL, Tampa, FL, and Pembroke Pines, FL. His clinical interests include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Krolick completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 general pediatrician. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Morgan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Morgan is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

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

Dr. Federico Lenz works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. In addition to English, Dr. Lenz speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and pacemaker. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine and residency at St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Lenz 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. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

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

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Pai's hospital/clinic 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. Ingrid Zumaran, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 104
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Seminole, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) speaks Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Zumaran completed her residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zumaran honors.

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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. Mary Jane King, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary King works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King accepts. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He honors 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. Dr. Saccente's medical residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He is affiliated with 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. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Cano speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Cano is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sterling include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sterling honors. She attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sterling speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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

Dr. Norman Urich is a family practitioner in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Urich is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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.

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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.