We found 6 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Saint Cloud, FL.

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Dr. Donna S Lester, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2902 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Donna Lester practices family medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Lester performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Dr. Khan accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2920 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Chung is a Saint Cloud, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Chung's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma

Dr. Muhammad A Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Hizkil average 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hizkil obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah is a Saint Cloud, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah takes. Before performing his residency at PinnacleHealth, Dr. Shah attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed's specialty is adult infectious disease. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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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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