We found 6 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Sun City Center, FL.

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Dr. Arthur Edward Graves, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4051 Upper Creek Drive; Suite 106
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Graves is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Graves has a special interest in lung problems. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for 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 South Alabama College of Medicine, he performed his residency at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Graves's professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Arrhythmias

Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
4051 Upper Creek Drive
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Hooker is a medical specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. Dr. Hooker's areas of expertise include the following: intensive care and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hooker completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hooker 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: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma, Intensive Care

Dr. Reynaldo Flores Mulingtapang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
 

Dr. Reynaldo Mulingtapang practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Tampa, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mulingtapang include coronary angiogram, heart failure, and angioplasty. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Mulingtapang attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Mulingtapang's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Angiogram, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Coronary Angiogram, Cardioversion, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Renjitha Tom Ignatius, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4051 Upper Creek Drive; Suite 104
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Renjitha Ignatius' specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ignatius honors. Dr. Ignatius studied medicine at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her medical residency was performed at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Beaumont Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

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

Dr. Antonio Victor Zumpano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4051 Upper Creek Drive
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Zumpano works as a general internist. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zumpano completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zumpano takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, Venipuncture, Asthma, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Pedro Manuel Enriquez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4051 Upper Creek Drive
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Enriquez specializes in general internal medicine. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Enriquez performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Ear Infection, ... (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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