We found 9 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Amerigroup Star Plus near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Sandip Ranjitrai Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sandip Desai is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. After attending Government Medical College, Surat for medical school, Dr. Desai completed his residency training at Miami Valley Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and asthma. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Physical Exams, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pankaj K Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah is an adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Dr. Shah performed his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mauricio A Reinoso, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Suite 310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mauricio Reinoso's areas of specialization are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Sugar Land, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Dr. Reinoso takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Reinoso completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchitis, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Treatment, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Lee McKowen, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Robert McKowen practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. McKowen is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. McKowen include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. McKowen is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sclerotherapy, Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahid Hasnain, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Hasnain's specialty is general pediatrics. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hasnain's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Hasnain obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Circumcision, Scoliosis, Sickle Cell Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Viren Navinchandra Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 101
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Viren Shah is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's clinical interests include sleep disorders, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and Government Medical College, Surat and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Amir Ali is a general internist. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Ali is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Gynecological Problems, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Dr. Rubina Wahid, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1441 Highway 6; 100
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rubina Wahid is a Sugar Land, TX physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Wahid honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, she performed her residency at Woodhull Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatrics, Legal Medicine
12000 Wilcrest Drive; #206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Najam is a physician who specializes in legal medicine. He graduated from King Edward Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Najam trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Najam's areas of expertise include asthma. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Najam's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: 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.
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