We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Leavenworth, KS.

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Dr. Jennifer Annette Svetlecic, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1001 6th Avenue; Suite 340
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. Jennifer Svetlecic specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise consist of asthma, pulmonary embolism, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Svetlecic is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma, Pulmonary Embolism, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. James L Vacek, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3601 S 4th Street; Suite 1
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. James Vacek is a specialist in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: carotid artery disease, heart attack, and mitral valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Vacek takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Vacek completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Renal Vascular Disease, Women's Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose I Dulin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3601 S 4th Street; Suite 1
Leavenworth, KS

Dr. Jose Dulin's medical specialty is adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart attack, mitral valve disease, and syncope (fainting). Dr. Dulin is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Navarra School of Medicine. Dr. Dulin's residency was performed at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Stress Echo, Consultative Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart ... (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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