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We found 7 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Gold near Lake Mary, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
749 Stirling Place
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kristal Carthan's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology; she sees patients in Orange City, FL and Lake Mary, FL. She obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Carthan honors United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ayesha Rafi Ahmar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1349 S International Parkway; Suite 1411
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Ayesha Ahmar specializes in family medicine and practices in Lake Mary, FL and Longwood, FL. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Ahmar's education and training includes medical school at the University of the Punjab and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Urinalysis, Diabetes, Obesity, Mole Removal, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pothen Cherian Koruth, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
758 N Sun Drive; Street #104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Pothen Koruth is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at Calicut Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Koruth average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koruth accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinay Chandra Srivastava, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1621 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Vinay Srivastava is a general internist in Sanford, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Srivastava is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Srivastava attended medical school at King George Medical University. He trained at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Madhavi Uppalapati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 S International Parkway; Suite 1001
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Madhavi Uppalapati specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Lake Mary, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Uppalapati average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Uppalapati accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
758 North Sun Drive; Suite 104
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Farideh Zadeh works as an internist in Lake Mary, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashwinkumar Ratilal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 106
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Ashwinkumar Patel specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Sanford, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes

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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.