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We found 5 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept United Healthcare Gold HMO near Pembroke Pines, FL.

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
3501 Johnson Street; Third Floor
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon sees patients in Palmetto Bay, FL, Miami, FL, and Hollywood, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care, primary care, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Simon speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Before completing his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Simon attended medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
700 North Hiatus Road; Suite 105
Pembroke Pines, 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. Jaime Landman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1150 N 35 Avenue; Suite 460
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Jaime Landman is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist in Aventura, FL and Hollywood, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Landman include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Patient ratings for Dr. Landman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Landman 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. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Landman trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Landman include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Landman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Rasciel Socarras, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
21097 Ne 27 Court; Suite 205
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Rasciel Socarras practices general pediatrics in Aventura, FL and North Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include acne, asthma, and food allergy. He is affiliated with Pediatric Associates, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Dr. Socarras 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 studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Socarras trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Food Allergy, Acne, Asthma

Dr. Yelena Pakula, MD
Specializes in Acupuncture
12301 Taft Street; #200
Pembroke Pines, FL
 

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a physician who specializes in acupuncture. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: cancer supportive care, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menstrual disorders. United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pakula honors. In addition to English, Dr. Pakula (or staff) speaks Polish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Manual Therapy, Infertility, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, Sports Health, Headache, ... (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.