We found 7 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romero include sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romero takes. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Romero attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Clearwater, FL. After completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire practices vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alkire include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Alkire has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Alkire speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Lennox Walsh, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh practices adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Walsh include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Walsh is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary edema, lung problems

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse J Klein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Klein attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Klein accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Klein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Dr. Saccente is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saccente attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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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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