We found 18 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Vinubhai Chhaganbhai Pansuriya, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2180 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pansuriya attended medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. His professional 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. Ashok Mittal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal works as an adult pulmonologist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mittal attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital. He completed his residency training at Grant Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. He 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. Michael Minhle Newan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Dr. Newan (or staff) is conversant in Vietnamese and French. His clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Newan is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Newan attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

Dr. Rajesh Agrawal's specialty is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include bronchoscopy and sleep apnea. Patient ratings for Dr. Agrawal average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Dr. Agrawal (or staff) speaks 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. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador's specialty is family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Meharry Medical College and residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Labrador's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Labrador accepts. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Labrador is professionally affiliated with 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 medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bryan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Bryan is affiliated with 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. 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 works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pierpont at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pierpont attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at York Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. 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. 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's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before completing his residency at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Defrain attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Defrain honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Panida Sriaroon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
601 5th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Panida Sriaroon is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. After attending Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sriaroon completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Sriaroon include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and asthma. She 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. Dr. Sriaroon is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos works as a general internist. He is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Santos 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. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Santos is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, ... (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's specialties are adult hematology and medical oncology. She practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. She 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)

Dr. Roberto Francisco Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200, The Heart & Vascular Institute of Fl So
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sanchez is an adult cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Sanchez is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sanchez trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Right Heart Catheterization, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
3177 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Awais Siddiki works as a family medicine practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Siddiki is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Ear Foreign Body Removal, Preventive Care, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5985 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Brea practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Brea's areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. 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. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Brea is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Influenza, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
1751 66th St N; Street
Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Marc Barasch's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Barasch's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Barasch 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: , asthma

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Asthma

Specializes in General Pediatrics
4957 38th Avenue N; Suite A
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brian Kagan practices general pediatrics. Patients gave Dr. Kagan an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he performed his residency at All Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Kagan is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cervix Problems, Immunization, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Conjunctivitis, ... (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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