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We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Coventry near Concord, MA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
(978) 882-6999; (978) 287-8503

Dr. Benjamin Nelson's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and lung tumor. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Nelson accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Nelson graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including Calcagno Pediatric Award; Alpha Omega Alpha, Georgetown University Chapter; and Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award.

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

All Interests: Pediatric lung tumors, Congenital lung disease, Pediatric pulmonary diseases, Asthma, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Payam (Payem) Aghassi MD, FCCP
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
131 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner; Suite 410, John Cuming Building
Concord, MA
(978) 466-2692; (978) 341-8660

Dr. Payem Aghassi's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Aghassi attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for AARP, Coventry, Aetna, and more. He has received the following distinction: Castle Connoly Top Doctor. Dr. Aghassi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Aghassi is affiliated with Harrington HealthCare System, Emerson Hospital, and Marlborough Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Interventional pulmonary, critical care, sleep disorders, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
32 Fruit Street - Yawkey9E
Boston, MA
(617) 726-2066; (617) 724-0884

Dr. Daniel Cahill is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Cahill is especially interested in meningioma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cahill takes. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cahill is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Intrinsic Brain Tumors (Gliomas, Glioblastomas, others), Recurrent Brain Tumors (post-treatment), ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
131 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner; Suite 770
Concord, MA
(978) 287-8058

Dr. Ashok Muniappan practices thoracic surgery. Dr. Muniappan's areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Muniappan attended Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Surgical management of tracheal and bronchial disorders, Lung cancer, Mediastinal tumors (Thymoma, ... (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.