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We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Highlands Ranch, CO.

Dr. Michelle Anne Beutz, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Littleton, CO
 

Dr. Michelle Beutz practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in Englewood, CO and Littleton, CO. On average, patients gave Dr. Beutz a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include sleep disorders, lung cancer, and asthma. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Beutz include: 2006-2007: Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship Award; 2006-2007: Will Rogers Fellowship Award; and First Place, Postdoctoral Research, University of Colorado, Department of Medicine Research Day. Dr. Beutz's professional affiliations include Craig Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, and Swedish Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Evan Lawrence Stepp, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8671 S Quebec Street; Suite 120
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Evan Stepp specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Denver, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Littleton, CO. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Stepp's areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), pneumonia, and asthma. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stepp honors. He is professionally affiliated with National Jewish Health.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Shortness of Breath, Lung Problems, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Vipin Malik, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
8671 S Quebec Street; Suite 120
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Vipin Malik is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, intensive care, and pulmonary embolism. He is professionally affiliated with Swedish Medical Center, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and Rose Medical Center. After attending the University of Delhi and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Malik completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Malik accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Interstitial Lung Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anita Trikha, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
8671 S Quebec Street; Suite 120
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Anita Trikha specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in Denver, CO and Highlands Ranch, CO. Dr. Trikha's clinical interests include immunodeficiency, shortness of breath (dyspnea), and vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Trikha is affiliated with National Jewish Health.

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

All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (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.