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; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lung problems. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hardy attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy is open to 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's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Bhat (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. 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. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhat has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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 specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Concord, CA. Dr. Kops's clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks French. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Kops's practice 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 is an adult pulmonology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hadley include lung problems. He is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hadley obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Hadley is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is accepting new patients.

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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 area of specialization is allergy & immunology. He is especially interested in asthma and exercise. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Paterson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Paterson's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and 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. He 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 physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Japanese, and French. In her practice, Dr. Takekuma focuses on lung problems. She is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Her education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She welcomes 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 is an adult cardiology specialist in Castro Valley, CA, Livermore, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abudayeh include heart problems and general care. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Abudayeh is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, Dr. Abudayeh attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Abudayeh is affiliated with Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Abudayeh welcomes new patients.

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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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