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Charles Wray, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
330 23rd Avenue North; The Frist Clinic
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Charles Wray is an adult pulmonology specialist in Smithville, TN, Manchester, TN, and Nashville, TN. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Wray has a special interest in intensive care. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. His professional affiliations include TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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Dr. Melissa Lynne Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
250 25th Avenue N; Suite 100
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Melissa Johnson's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Nashville, TN. Her areas of expertise include lung cancer. Dr. Johnson takes Coventry, Viant, Aetna, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Johnson's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center.

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David Edwards, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2400 Patterson Street; Suite 500
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. David Edwards sees patients in Nashville, TN and Brentwood, TN. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Edwards include menstrual disorders, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and depression. Dr. Edwards's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Edwards is professionally affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

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Dr. Thomas F Zimmerman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite G-30
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Thomas Zimmerman practices general internal medicine in Nashville, TN. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, kidney problems, and liver disease. Dr. Zimmerman is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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All Interests: Liver Disease, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Illness, Kidney Problems

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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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