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We found 7 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Lutz, FL.

Dr. Sailesh Naresh Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sailesh Shah's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He accepts 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: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Intensive Care

Dr. Dragos Gheorghe Zanchi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2329 Crestover Lane; Building 3
Wesley Chapel, FL
 

Dr. Dragos Zanchi sees patients in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Plant City, FL. His medical specialties are sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zanchi include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. Dr. Zanchi takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Zanchi completed his residency training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Zanchi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Land O Lakes, FL, Dade City, FL, and Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 201
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. Dr. Vydyula is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Mahesh Mohan Bhambore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21762 State Rd 54
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhambore's education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bhambore's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel works as an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Patel attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's specialty is family medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Lindsay completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (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.