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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 specializes in general practice and general internal medicine and practices in Brooklyn, NY. After completing medical school at Assiut University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Rezkalla is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Vytra. Dr. Rezkalla (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Anthony Saleh works as an internist and pulmonologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saleh has a special interest in emphysema, lung cancer, and bronchoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saleh studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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: 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 medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Before performing her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Yost attended New York Medical College for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yost include seasonal allergies, asthma, and food allergy. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Health Plus Amerigroup, Medicaid Managed Care, and more. 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 works as a general internist. These areas are among Dr. Peterson's clinical interests: mitral valve prolapse, anemia, and atrial fibrillation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peterson takes. He attended medical school at Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Peterson speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Maha Awikeh's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Awikeh include platelet disorders, thyroid problems, and depression. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. She speaks Arabic. Dr. Awikeh's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a Brooklyn, NY physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Vento's clinical interests: pulmonary testing, electrocardiogram (EKG), and asthma. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Vento (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. Dr. Vento 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.