We found 15 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2180 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pansuriya include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. He 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 attended medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pulmonary Function Test, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal works as an adult pulmonologist in Kenneth City, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, he performed his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mittal accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan practices adult pulmonology. Dr. Newan's areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Newan (or staff) speaks Vietnamese and French. Dr. Newan is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri specializes in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. These areas are among Dr. Cherukuri's clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Cherukuri trained at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Cherukuri is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Rao a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Kenneth City, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Santos speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. He trained at The Miriam Hospital for his residency. Dr. Santos honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3527 1st Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan is an internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing his residency at Saint Peter's University Hospital, Dr. Narayan attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and depression. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby works as a general internist. Dr. Digby is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6088 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Rashmi Nanda works as a general internist. She graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College and the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Patient ratings for Dr. Nanda average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nanda is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Nanda (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Nanda is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5985 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Brea sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital. Dr. Brea honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Brea speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Influenza, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nirmalan is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Nirmalan is conversant in Tamil. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Dizziness, Immunization, Women's ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5800 49th Street N; Suite 108s
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Milind Shastri's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is an in-network provider for 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 Medical College Baroda and All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Shastri is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Immunization, Abdominal Paracentesis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Abinales's education and training includes medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and residency at Polyclinic Medical Center. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Abinales is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Hemorrhoid Banding, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Urinalysis, ... (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.
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