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

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. Dr. Carthan is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She accepts United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Vinay Srivastava's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Srivastava's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of King George Medical University. His residency was performed at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is 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. Ayesha R Ahmar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1349 S International Parkway; Suite 1411
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Ayesha Ahmar sees patients in Lake Mary, FL and Longwood, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of the Punjab, Dr. Ahmar performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmar honors.

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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)

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

Dr. Farideh Zadeh sees patients in Lake Mary, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zadeh takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She speaks Persian. Dr. Zadeh is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (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 has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Koruth 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. He studied medicine at Calicut Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (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. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Uppalapati 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. She attended medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her residency. Her professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Ashwinkumar Patel works as a general internist 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program 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.
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