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We found 8 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1423 near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel works as an anesthesiologist and geriatrician in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Finkelstein's residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan's specialty is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kanaan include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Ellen Anlas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8250 Buyan Daily Road; Suite 310
Layo, FL
 

Dr. Beth Anlas' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Anlas obtained her medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Anlas include diabetes, pap test, and anemia. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Anemia

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Yamani's clinical interests: geriatric health and trigger point injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Yamani average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard is a family medicine physician in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Howard takes. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Howard is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente is an internist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Saccente's clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Saccente attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Urich speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Urich honors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Fractures, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, ... (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.