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We found 5 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept HFN near Palos Heights, IL.

Luis E Torero MD
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Pulmonology
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 684-5685; (708) 684-4363

Dr. Luis Torero's specialties are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. These areas are among Dr. Torero's clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Torero is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Asthma, cystic fibrosis

Dr. Joel Thomas Hardin MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Cardiology
4440 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 327-9103; (708) 684-5580

Dr. Joel Hardin works as a cardiologist and pediatric cardiologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hardin include congenital heart disease. Dr. Hardin takes HFN, Great-West Healthcare, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hardin is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease, Pregnancy ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Legal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
16345 Harlem Avenue; Suite 1W
Tinley Park, IL
(708) 633-7001

Dr. Cynthia Lerner specializes in legal medicine and allergy & immunology. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Lerner completed her residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, hives, latex sensitivity, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Eugene A Muzykansky MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
4340 W 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 636-1601

Dr. Eugene Muzykansky's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. Dr. Muzykansky's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muzykansky honors. He attended medical school at Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Muzykansky (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Alternative Medicine Acupuncture, Adolescent Health Weight Management, Arthritis treament ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Shahbain MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
12508 S. Harlem Avenue Building C; 12508 S. Harlem Avenue, Building C
Palos Heights, IL
(708) 671-1685

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shahbain's areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shahbain's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at West Suburban Medical Center. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Arthritis treament (non-surgical), Anxiety/Depression Mgt, Asthma Management, Blood Pressure ... (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.