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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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Dr. Renjitha Tom Ignatius, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
3611 Little Road
Trinity, FL

Dr. Renjitha Ignatius specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before performing her residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Ignatius attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram for medical school. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ignatius's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Bleeding, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Problems, Leukemia, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Louis Ian Astra, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
8607 Easthaven Court; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL

Dr. Louis Astra practices vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Astra attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Astra's areas of expertise include the following: 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. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Stent Placement, Aneurysm, Lung Problems, Angiogram, Stents, Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Najam Javeed, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4740 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL

Dr. Najam Javeed is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Holiday, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Javeed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is especially interested in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and carotid ultrasound. He graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Usha Agarwal, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3543 Little Road; Suite B
Trinity, FL

Dr. Usha Agarwal sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Her medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Agarwal average 2.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and tropical diseases. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agarwal takes. Before performing her residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Dr. Agarwal attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. Dr. Agarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawrence Herndon, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7633 Cita Ln; New Port
Richey, FL

Dr. David Herndon specializes in family medicine and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Richey, FL. Dr. Herndon's clinical interests include emphysema, menopause, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He 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. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Access Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, General Care, Asthma, Menopause, ... (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.