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

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 in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Rezkalla's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Vytra are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rezkalla accepts. Before performing his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Rezkalla attended Assiut University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Rezkalla (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Rezkalla's hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. Dr. Saleh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. He has a special interest in emphysema, lung cancer, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Saleh completed a residency program at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Saleh's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Emphysema

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

Dr. Sharon Yost's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. The average patient rating for Dr. Yost is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in seasonal allergies, asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Yost is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Health Plus Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, and more. She attended medical school at New York Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Yost speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Stephen Joseph Peterson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
506 Sixth Street; Suite 3rd Floor, Nym - East Pavilion
Brooklyn, NY
 

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

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

Dr. Maha Awikeh works as an internist. These areas are among her clinical interests: platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Awikeh honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra. She studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Awikeh is conversant in Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center.

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

Dr. Joseph Vento sees patients in Brooklyn, NY. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Vento's areas of expertise include pulmonary testing, electrocardiogram (EKG), and asthma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vento honors. Dr. Vento attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Vento (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He is professionally 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.