We found 8 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Tammy Linh Nguyen Ferro, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Tammy Ferro's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and asthma. Dr. Ferro is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital (Georgia), and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferro takes. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ferro trained at Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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

All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Acute ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Keene is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Memorial Hermann. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Keene is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digby include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Digby takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani works as an internist. Dr. Yamani attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yamani takes. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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Dr. Benjamin R Devries, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Devries takes. Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju specializes in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Budharaju is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Budharaju include menopause, migraine, and depression. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Budharaju 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. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
13540 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Murphy sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Murphy's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in adult hospital medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saccente completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts.

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

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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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