We found 9 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Amerigroup Star Plus near Sugar Land, TX.

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

Dr. Sandip Desai practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Desai graduated from Government Medical College, Surat. He trained at Miami Valley Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Desai welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

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

Dr. Pankaj K Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Shah is a graduate of Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Shah completed a residency program at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. His areas of expertise include the following: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

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

Dr. Mauricio A Reinoso, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mauricio Reinoso is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Reinoso is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at Mayo Clinic. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchitis, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Treatment, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert L McKowen, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Robert McKowen is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. McKowen's medical residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave Dr. McKowen a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sclerotherapy, Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahid Hasnain, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Hasnain is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Hasnain average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Hasnain's clinical interests: knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hasnain attended medical school at Dow Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Hasnain welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Viren N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 101
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Viren Shah works as a general internist. Dr. Shah's clinical interests include sleep disorders, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Shah studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Amir Ali, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Amir Ali practices general internal medicine in Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Ali honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He graduated from Dow Medical College. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Ali has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Mohammad Younis Najam, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Legal Medicine
12000 Wilcrest Drive; #206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Najam's medical specialty is legal medicine. His clinical interests include asthma. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Najam honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Najam trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Rubina Wahid, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1441 Highway 6; 100
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rubina Wahid is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. She works in Sugar Land, TX. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College and a graduate of Woodhull Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Wahid is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, 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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