We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Silver HMO near Cleveland, OH.

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Atul C Mehta
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 4.8 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Atul Mehta is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Cleveland, OH. Patient ratings for Dr. Mehta average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mehta include lung transplant, thoracic outlet syndrome, and malignant mesothelioma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Easton Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Lung Cancer, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Asthma, Beryllium Disease

All Interests: Beryllium Disease, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Malignant Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Cough, Thymoma, As ... (Read more)

Nicholas G Smedira MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mc J4-1, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Nicholas Smedira's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Smedira has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smedira include pericarditis, ventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Smedira is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary Hypertension

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Beating Heart ... (Read more)

David K Magnuson MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Dr. David Magnuson's specialty is pediatric surgery. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, achalasia, and pectus excavatum. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry HSA, Humana HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Magnuson attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Magnuson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hillcrest Hospital, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Pulmonary Embolism

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Achalasia, Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, T ... (Read more)

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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