We found 22 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept AARP near El Cajon, CA.

Dr. Raed Adnan Al Naser, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 320
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Raed Al-Naser practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in La Mesa, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Al-Naser attended medical school at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven David Kavy, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kavy is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in San Diego, CA. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Kavy takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sathya Pratap Pokala, MD
Specializes in Other, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 240
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sathya Pokala is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist in La Mesa, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Pokala attended medical school at Rangaraya Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders

Dr. Sheri Lynn Walter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 105
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sheri Walter's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Walter studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Cough

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard practices family medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonard takes. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Richard Hoefer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Hoefer's specialty is family medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Hoefer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Pain Management, Liver Disease, Dementia, Hospice

Dr. Ellen Levine, MD, DO
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
5290 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ellyn Levine is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family practice physician in La Mesa, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prachi Avinash Karnik, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Prachi Karnik graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karnik takes.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Leonard attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Menopause, Depression, Cryosurgery, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas M Daub, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9460 Cuyamaca Street; Suite 104
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Daub works as a family medicine physician in Santee, CA. Dr. Daub is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Davila, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jose Davila works as a family medicine practitioner. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Davila graduated from Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davila honors.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Azam Shamani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 312
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Azam Shamani works as a family medicine practitioner in San Diego, CA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shamani is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Eczema, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas I Levey, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Levey studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Levey takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Venu Prabaker, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
7339 El Cajon Boulevard; Suite I
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Venu Prabaker's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, Sports Health, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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