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We found 5 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1449 near New Port Richey, FL.

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Ayman Barakat MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
3611 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
(727) 821-0017; (727) 372-9159

Dr. Ayman Barakat sees patients in Winter Haven, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barakat's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Barakat (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Leukocytosis, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant, Neutropenia, Ovarian Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Najam Javeed MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4740 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL
(727) 943-5200

Dr. Najam Javeed is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Javeed's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and carotid ultrasound. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Javeed is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. His training includes a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Javeed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, Routine Pelvic Exam, Geriatrics, Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Louis Ian Astra MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
8607 Easthaven Court; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
(727) 375-2849; (727) 934-6797

Dr. Louis Astra practices vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Astra include minimally invasive surgery, lung surgery, and varicose veins. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Astra attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Aneurysm Surgery, Aneyrysm Stenting, Angiography, Angioplasty, Esophageal Stents, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Usha Agarwal MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3543 Little Road; Suite B
Trinity, FL
(727) 846-9419

Dr. Usha Agarwal is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Agarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agarwal include diabetes, herpes, and tropical diseases. She graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and then she performed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Agarwal average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Agarwal 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.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Emphysema, Asthma, High Blood Pressure, Hernia, Heart Disease, Parkinson's ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawrence Herndon DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7633 Cita Ln; New Port
Richey, FL
(727) 372-1005

Dr. David Herndon practices family medicine in New Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Richey, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Herndon include emphysema, menopause, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He is affiliated with Access Healthcare. Dr. Herndon attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. 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: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Family Medicine, Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Emphysema, High Blood Pressure, Menopause, High ... (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.