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We found 7 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Health Net EPO near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hardy include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hardy completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hardy is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Kaleyathodi Naras K. Bhat, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2182 East Street
Concord, CA
 

Dr. K. Bhat works as an allergist and immunologist in Concord, CA. He is a graduate of Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His training includes residency programs at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Bhat honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Bhat (or staff) speaks Hindi. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. Dr. Bhat is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bhat's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Hives, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Kops, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kops is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kops include pulmonary hypertension. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Kops takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Kops graduated from New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. John Lindsay Hadley, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. John Hadley is a pulmonologist in Concord, CA. Dr. Hadley's areas of expertise include lung problems. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hadley's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hadley completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Bruce F Paterson, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
1844 San Miguel Drive; #304-c
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Paterson's specialty is allergy & immunology. Dr. Paterson has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass asthma and exercise. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Paterson is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Exercise, Asthma, Medication

Dr. Hiromi Carmen Takekuma, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma is a pulmonologist in Concord, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In Dr. Takekuma's practice, she is particularly interested in lung problems. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Japanese, and French. Her professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Takekuma is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Nabil Karim Abudayeh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1220 Rossmoor Parkway
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nabil Abudayeh practices adult cardiology in Castro Valley, CA, Livermore, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Abudayeh at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in heart problems and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Abudayeh graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Holistic Approaches, Cardiomyopathy, ... (Read more)

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.