We found 6 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1423 near Saint Cloud, FL.

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

Dr. Donna Lester is a family practice physician in Saint Cloud, FL and Saint Could, FL. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Dr. Lester is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lester 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 works as a general internist in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hizkil honors. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. In addition to English, Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil's 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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Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes. Dr. Khan graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khan is affiliated with 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 specializes in general internal medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Chung honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Chung attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Sanjay Shah works as a general internist in Saint Cloud, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Shah graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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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Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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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