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

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Dr. Atul C Mehta, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Atul Mehta practices adult pulmonology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include lung transplant, thoracic outlet syndrome, and malignant mesothelioma. Dr. Mehta is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Mehta attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Easton Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks 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, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas G Smedira, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code J4-1
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Nicholas Smedira works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Cleveland, OH. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include pericarditis, ventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Smedira takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Smedira is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 ... (Read more)

Dr. David Kurt Magnuson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue, Department of Pediatric Surgery; A-120
Cleveland, OH

Dr. David Magnuson is a pediatric surgeon in Cleveland, OH and Twinsburg, OH. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, achalasia, and pectus excavatum. Coventry, Coventry HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Magnuson honors. Dr. Magnuson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Magnuson's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the distinction of Cleveland Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism, lung problems

All Interests: Achalasia, Inguinal Hernia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Appendicitis, Primary Care, ... (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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