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Wael Nasser MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Wael Nasser is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis (blood poisoning). His professional affiliations include South Lake Hospital, the University of Florida Health (UF Health), and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Nasser attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Nasser trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for his residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

All Interests: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Sepsis

Andres Pelaez Freidel MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1600 Sw Archer Road; #100371
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Andres Pelaez specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Gainesville, FL and Orlando, FL. In his practice, Dr. Pelaez focuses on lung transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pulmonary hypertension. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pelaez's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Dr Mark Steven Bleiweis MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Mark Bleiweis' medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Bleiweis obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart valve surgery, and pulmonary hypertension. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received distinctions including American College of Surgery, Fellow; Adult Congenital Heart Association; and American Heart Association. Dr. Bleiweis is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Hypertension

All Interests: Down Syndrome, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Turn ... (Read more)

Frederick Jay Fricker MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Frederick Fricker's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Fricker performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and congenital heart disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinctions: Honoree at American Heart Association Alachua Heart Ball and Named one of the Best Doctors in America. He is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Hypertension

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Lung Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Congenital Heart Disease, ... (Read more)

Renata Luri Shih MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Renata Shih works as a pediatric cardiologist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Shih's areas of expertise include the following: heart transplant and pulmonary hypertension. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de Sao Paulo for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. She has received the distinction of The Langley Prize for the best paper in Vet. Anesthesia and Analgesia Journal. In addition to English, Dr. Shih speaks Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Hypertension

All Interests: Heart Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension

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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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