We found 6 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Amerigroup Star Plus near Sugar Land, TX.

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Sandip R Desai MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Sandip Desai, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Wharton, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and asthma. Dr. Desai is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College, Surat and residency at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Desai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Spirometry, Lung Surgery, As ... (Read more)

Pankaj K Shah MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Pankaj Shah is a pulmonologist in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He trained at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago for his residency. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Shahid Hasnain MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (33 ratings)
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Shahid Hasnain's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Hasnain's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Hasnain obtained his medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. In addition to English, Dr. Hasnain (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Primary Care, Circumcision, Scoliosis, Sickle Cell Disease, ... (Read more)

Viren N Shah MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 101
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Viren Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Shah attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Shah is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Ast ... (Read more)

Amir Ali MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2225 William Trace Boulevard; Suite 107
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Amir Ali's specialty is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Ali's areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Hypertension, Heart Problems, High Cholesterol, Obstetrical Procedures, Asth ... (Read more)

Mohammed Younis Najam MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Legal Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
11970 Wilcrest Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX

Dr. Mohammad Najam's area of specialization is legal medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Najam focuses on asthma. Dr. Najam is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Najam honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended King Edward Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Asthma

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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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