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We found 12 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Kirit Patel is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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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 is a family medicine practitioner. After completing medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Rao honors 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 the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Kanaan's clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 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. Kanaan accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include 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. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard works as a family medicine practitioner in Largo, FL. Dr. Howard takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. He 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. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yamani include geriatric health and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Yamani graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Yamani's medical residency was performed at Sound Shore Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

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

Dr. Sarah Digby practices general internal medicine. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digby honors. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Downs's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Her education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She honors 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

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

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 104
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran is a general internist and geriatrician. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at Lutheran Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Rashmi P Nanda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6088 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Rashmi Nanda is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Nanda (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Nanda is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. Before performing her residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Nanda attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Saccente's clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating 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 honors.

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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. He speaks French. Dr. Urich is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He 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

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.