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Wael Asi MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite E
Houston, TX

Dr. Wael Asi's areas of specialization are adult critical care, general internal medicine, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Spring, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Asi (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Asi's clinical interests include intensive care, bronchoscopy, and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Asi obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. The average patient rating for Dr. Asi is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Thoracentesis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep D ... (Read more)

Muhammad Hanif MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 1.62 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
17506 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX

Dr. Muhammad Hanif works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Before performing his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Dr. Hanif attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Hanif include diabetes, lung biopsy, and sleep disorders. Amerigroup Star, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanif accepts. Dr. Hanif (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Lung Cancer, Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Asthm ... (Read more)

Ashiqueali I Poonawala MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
850 Fm 1960 West; Suite P
Houston, TX

Dr. Ashiqueali Poonawala works as an internist and hospitalist in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Poonawala include prostate problems, thyroid problems, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Poonawala completed residency programs at St. Joseph's Hospital and St. John's Hospital. Dr. Poonawala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arth ... (Read more)

Simi Koshy MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
28517 Spring Trails Ridge; Suite 100
Spring, TX

Dr. Simi Koshy works as a family practice physician in Conroe, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Spring, TX. Dr. Koshy graduated from Albany Medical College. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and thyroid problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Gynecologic Procedures, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Sinus ... (Read more)

Murtaza N Bhuriwala MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
17323 Red Oak Drive
Houston, TX

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Kingwood, TX, Houston, TX, and Huntsville, TX. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Sindhi, and Arabic. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Bhuriwala is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Grace Hospital, Detroit for residency. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Lung Cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Timothy E Irvine MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.67 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
411 Lantern Bend Drive; Suite 240
Houston, TX

Dr. Timothy Irvine's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Irvine (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Irvine's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Irvine takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Incontinence, Family Planning, Hypertension, Sinus Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, ... (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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