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We found 7 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Southlake, TX.

Dr. Yadira Milagros Rivera Sanchez Quintana, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
470 E. State Hwy 114
Southlake, TX
 

Dr. Yadira Rivera-Sanchez practices pediatric pulmonology in Dallas, TX and Southlake, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivera-Sanchez include cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary function test (PFT), and interstitial lung disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera-Sanchez attended Ponce School of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; Best Pediatric Specialists D Magazine; and Provider of the Month Children's Health. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test, Borderline Personality Disorder, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanya Milagros Martinez-Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
470 E. State Hwy 114
Southlake, TX
 

Dr. Tanya Martinez-Fernandez is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Martinez-Fernandez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of sleep apnea, insomnia, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Martinez-Fernandez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Best Doctors D Magazine and Alpha Omega Alpha. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, CPAP Treatment, Lung Problems, Sleep Problems, Pulmonary Function Test, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
75 Main Street; Suite 150
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith's medical specialty is plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Cosmetic Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vikas Aurora, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1650 West College
Grapevine, TX
 

Dr. Vikas Aurora is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Aurora attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aurora's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Abdominal Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Loren S Lasater, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1650 West College
Grapevine, TX
 

Dr. Loren Lasater's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, prostate problems, and menopause. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Dr. Lasater attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
731 E. Southlake Boulevard; Suite 100
Southlake, TX
 

Dr. Stacey Hatcher practices general internal medicine in Southlake, TX and Grapevine, TX. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Patients gave Dr. Hatcher an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Cigna FocusIn, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Women's Health Issues, Hypertension, Asthma, Preventive Care

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
1901 Long Prairie Road; Suite 116
Flower Mound, TX
 

Dr. Achala Ellepola is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. In her practice, Dr. Ellepola focuses on asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Las Colinas Medical Center. Dr. Ellepola's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

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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.