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

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

Dr. Donna Lester's area of specialization is family medicine. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Dr. Lester is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil practices general internal medicine. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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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, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Khan trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khan'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, Other
2920 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Chung is an internist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chung attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for his residency. Dr. Chung is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is accepting 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. 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 accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Ahmed completed residency programs at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Sanjay Shah is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , 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.