Jose L. Villagomez, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Sana Medical Group

Jose L. Villagomez, MD

Primary Care Physician & General Practitioner located in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA

Asthma Specialist

As a leading family practice doctor serving the Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, area, Dr. Villagomez helps patients with asthma control their symptoms and understand their unique triggers so they can improve their breathing and enjoy better health.

Asthma Q & A

by Jose L. Villagomez, MD

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease that causes the bronchi, tubes that transport air into and out of your lungs, to become inflamed and tighten or spasm. Asthma is especially common among children, but adults can also have it. In recent years, the disease has been growing in prevalence.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma causes:

  • wheezing when breathing
  • chest tightening
  • difficulty breathing
  • excessive mucus in the lungs and airways
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing

Symptoms are most prominent during an attack or flareup.

How is asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Villagomez will talk to you about your symptoms and listen to your lungs as you breathe in and out to check for wheezing, one of the telltale signs of asthma. He may also ask you to perform a simple breath test that measures how well you're able to expel air from your lungs. Because asthma tends to run in families, he'll also ask you about other members of your family who may have asthma or allergies. In some cases, he may also order imaging tests like chest x-rays to rule out other conditions.

What causes asthma flareups or attacks?

Asthma attacks occur in response to a triggering event or irritant, such as pollen, smoke, mold or pet dander, heavy exercise or extreme temperatures. Different people may have different triggers, and not every person will experience an attack in the same way. Knowing your own triggers can help you avoid attacks or at least anticipate them.

How is asthma treated?

Dr. Villagomez can prescribe medicine that can be used during flareups to relax your airways and make it easier to breathe. Asthma medications are typically inhaled using a portable inhaler or a device called a nebulizer. These medications can help stop spasms that tighten your airways and make it difficult to breathe.

 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Sana Medical accepts all PPO Insurance available in California and will continue to accept Medicare/Medi-Cal and Medicare only patients.

Public Insurance:
Medicare Only
Medicare / Medi-Cal

We currently accept HMO insurances with patients in Medicare Advantage, HMO Medi-Cal, HMO Commercial Plans. Be aware that some insurance products may not be offered in all HMO plans so you must verify prior to adding a particular HMO IPA. For example Anthem HMO commercial plan may be offered but exclude its Senior Secure Plan in the same IPA.

We accept the following HMO IPA Medical Groups:

IPA Medical Groups:

  • Angeles IPA
  • Cal Care IPA
  • Community Family Care IPA
  • EHS Employee Health Systems IPA
  • Exceptional Care Greater Los Angeles IPA
  • Global Care Medical Group IPA
  • Premier Physicians Network IPA
  • Primary Care Associates IPA
  • Prospect Health Source IPA
  • Regal Medical Group IPA
  • St. Vincent IPA

Please be aware that at any given time some IPA’s may cancel and or add insurances at will and the information above can be incorrect but we try to provide the most up to date information as of August 2013.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Health
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Care1st
Cigna
Health Net
Humana
Medicare
Molina Healthcare
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Villagomez is a great doctor with great bed side manners. He took his time, wasn't in a hurry, and was very thorough in asking questions and making a diagnosis."

    Perry K.
  • Yelp

    "I've been seeing Dr. Villagomez for about 6 years now and he's great! The experience is very personable and never feels rushed which is extremely important."

    Liz J.
  • Patient Fusion

    "The customer service that I received in the last two visits have been phenomenal. Dr. Villagomez is awesome and so is his staff."

    Verified Patient
  • Patient Fusion

    "Dr. Villagomez was very thorough and informative in diagnosing my situation. It's an a pleasure to have him as my primary physician."

    Verified Patient
Location
Sana Medical Group
12099 West Washington Boulevard, 400
Culver City

Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310-504-1349
Fax: 310-398-5189
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310-504-1349