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

Dr. Donna Lester works as a family practice physician. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Lester trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Lester's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes.

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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 in Saint Cloud, FL. He is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chung honors. Dr. Chung's practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chung attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for residency.

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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. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. On average, patients gave Dr. Hizkil a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally 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
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah is a Saint Cloud, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Shah performed his residency at PinnacleHealth. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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 an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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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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