We found 6 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Health Plus Amerigroup Medicaid near Brooklyn, NY.

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Dr. Laurence Lamie Rezkalla, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
124; 86 Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Laurence Rezkalla is a general practitioner and general internist. Before performing his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Rezkalla attended Assiut University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Rezkalla's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Vytra are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rezkalla takes. Dr. Rezkalla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Rezkalla welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Anthony George Saleh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7206 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Saleh is a general internist and adult pulmonologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saleh include emphysema, lung cancer, and bronchoscopy. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Aetna Medicare, and more. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of New York Methodist Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Saleh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Airway Stent, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Acute Respiratory Distress ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Joseph Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
506 Sixth Street; Nymh Department of Medicine
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Peterson's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include mitral valve prolapse, anemia, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Peterson is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. Dr. Peterson's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Mitral Valve Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
156 Williams Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sharon Yost is a specialist in allergy & immunology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Yost's clinical interests include seasonal allergies, asthma, and food allergy. She studied medicine at New York Medical College. Her residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yost honors Amerigroup, Health Plus Amerigroup, and Medicaid Managed Care, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Seasonal Allergies, Allergies, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
326 79th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Maha Awikeh's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Awikeh include platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Awikeh is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Awikeh performed her residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. She is conversant in Arabic.

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All Interests: Depression, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Thomas Vento, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Park Slope Physician Services, Pc; 7400-18 Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Vento practices family medicine. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Vento's areas of expertise include pulmonary testing, electrocardiogram (EKG), and asthma. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vento honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vento (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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All Interests: Screening Audiometry, Electrocardiogram, Pulmonary Testing, Heart Problems, Skin Tag Removal, ... (Read more)

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.
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