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Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
5454 Central Avenue; Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohamed Ali is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Ali attended the University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and New York Methodist Hospital for residency. He speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Research, Tracheal ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Minhle Newan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Newan is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newan has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Newan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Newan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Vietnamese and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashok Mittal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
Kenneth City, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Kenneth City, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Mittal takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and performed his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Mittal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Mittal is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinubhai Chhaganbhai Pansuriya, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6029 9th Street North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. Dr. Pansuriya is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pulmonary Function Test, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6223 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Rajesh Agrawal is a pulmonologist. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Agrawal include bronchoscopy and sleep apnea. Patients gave Dr. Agrawal an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Agrawal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Warren Russell Abel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2639 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Warren Abel practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abel include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Abel takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Thoracentesis, X-Rays

Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador is a family practice physician in Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated Dr. Labrador highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Labrador speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Dizziness, Abdominal Problems, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Foster Curtis Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Bryan's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. 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. Bryan's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Defrain completed residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Nuttapong Tangsinmankong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nathan Tang's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Tang's education and training includes medical school at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and vasculitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Asthma, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein sees patients in Seminole, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Finkelstein obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

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

Dr. Dean A Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
7111 1st Avenue S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dean Bramlet is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Duke University Hospital's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bramlet is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao is a general internist in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rao completed a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Brien Edwin Pierpont, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
2299 9th Avenue N; Suite 3-c
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brien Pierpont is a specialist in adult cardiology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pierpont is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierpont accepts. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Pierpont completed his residency training at York Hospital. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Panida Sriaroon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
601 5th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Panida Sriaroon is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Her clinical interests include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and asthma. Dr. Sriaroon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Sriaroon has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Asthma, Medication, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. In Dr. Desai's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (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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