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Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Vydyula's clinical interests include asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial ... (Read more)

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Shah graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and interstitial lung disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Shah is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
17 Davis Boulevard; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris is a pediatric pulmonologist in Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Couluris include cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchoscopy, and pneumonia. Dr. Couluris accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Couluris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Dr. Bruce M Schnapf, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf specializes in pediatric pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schnapf has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Dr. Latha M Narasimhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Latha Chamarthy specializes in adult allergy & immunology and practices in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. She is a graduate of Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras. Her residency was performed at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. In Dr. Chamarthy's practice, she is particularly interested in sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Chamarthy speaks the following languages: Telugu and Tamil. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Clinical interests for Dr. Diasti include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Diasti (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Diasti is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed specializes in family medicine. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Reed include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Reed is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Heritage Valley Beaver's residency program. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna.

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

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

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
5105 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hotchkiss include endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hotchkiss accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Hotchkiss has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4543 South Manhattan Avenue; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nimesh Panchigar works as a general internist in Tampa, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Grant Medical College and residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Panchigar's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Panchigar speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karon Locicero's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. Dr. Locicero's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Locicero's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Audiometry Test, Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Madhurima Sanka, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Madhurima Sanka works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Sanka's areas of expertise consist of sinusitis (sinus infection), allergy patch test, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Sanka (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergy Skin Testing, Rhinitis, Mouth Problems, Skin Biopsy, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergy Patch Test, ... (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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