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We found 5 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease near Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Douglas Wayne Whetsell, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
413 Owen Drive; Suite 202
Fayetteville, NC
 

Dr. D. Whetsell is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. He is affiliated with Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Dr. Whetsell is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Treatment, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Gautam Dev, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1205 Cape Court; Suite A
Fayetteville, NC
 

Dr. Gautam Dev is a sleep medicine and adult pulmonology specialist. He is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Dev average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dev is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Calcutta. His residency was performed at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Dev's professional affiliations include Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Pulmonary Function Test, Cancer, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammed Waliur Rahman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3616 Cape Center Drive; Suite A
Fayetteville, NC
 

Dr. Mohammed Rahman is an internist and geriatrician. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet, he performed his residency at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. Dr. Rahman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Kusum Garg, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2356 John Smith Road; Suite 101
Fayetteville, NC
 

Dr. Kusum Garg is an internist in Fayetteville, NC. In addition to English, Dr. Garg (or staff) speaks Hindi. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Garg is professionally affiliated with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She graduated from King George Medical University and then she performed her residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Garg is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Failure

Dr. Solomon Tewolde Ghebregziabiher, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1843 Quiet Cove
Fayetteville, NC
 

Dr. Solomon Ghebregziabiher is a general internist in Fayetteville, NC. In Dr. Ghebregziabiher's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. His professional affiliations include Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Asthma

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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.