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 works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. Dr. Hardy has indicated that her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hardy's office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She 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.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. Before performing his residency at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Bhat attended Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences and All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Bhat accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Bhat (or staff) speaks Hindi. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. Dr. Bhat's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He has an open panel.

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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' specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include pulmonary hypertension. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kops graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kops is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is open to new patients.

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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 works as a pulmonologist. Dr. Hadley's areas of expertise include lung problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Hadley attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Paterson attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Paterson's clinical interests: asthma and exercise. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Paterson is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He welcomes 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 sees patients in Concord, CA. Her medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Takekuma include lung problems. Dr. Takekuma honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks Spanish, Japanese, and French. She is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She has an open panel.

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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 is an adult cardiology specialist in Castro Valley, CA, Livermore, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. He has a special interest in heart problems and general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Abudayeh average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abudayeh honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Abudayeh is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. He has an open panel.

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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.
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