We found 2 critical care specialists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Saint Cloud, FL.

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Dr. Naeem Zahoor Zahoor, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL

Dr. Naeem Ahmed practices adult pulmonology. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. He attended King Edward Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency.

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Dr. Patrick F Mathias, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Critical Care
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL

Dr. Patrick Mathias practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Kissimmee, FL, Davenport, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He studied medicine at St. John's Medical College. Dr. Mathias's residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Mathias is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Chest CT Scan, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve ... (Read more)

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What is Critical Care?

Critical care, or intensive care medicine, is the delivery of medical care to patients whose illness or injury is so seriously life threatening that they would likely die without intervention. It usually takes place in ICUs or trauma centers. It is referred to as critical care in North America, while it is called intensive care or intensive therapy in the rest of the world. Specialists in this field are sometimes referred to as intensivists.

Critical care may encompass a broad variety of medical specialties in the efforts to save a patient’s life. Critical care specialists must have a good knowledge of anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other specialties. Besides their medical knowledge, intensivists must know a great deal about end-of-life issues, including ethics, advanced directives, and family counseling and bereavement.

Critical care is a relatively modern specialty, which developed along with ICUs beginning in the 1950’s. It looks different from regular medicine, and it can be recognized by the presence of more nurses, more monitoring, more invasive monitors and procedures, and the presence of life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilators and vasopressors.

Specialists in critical care frequently have to make urgent and complex decisions. They use their knowledge and skill to provide intensive care to the most fragile patients and do their best to save lives.
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