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We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Shenandoah, TX.

Dr. Wael Asi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Wael Asi sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Spring, TX, and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Asi include sleep disorders, intensive care, and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Dr. Asi has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Asi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. William Alan Rhoton, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Practice, Adult Pulmonology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. William Rhoton sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. His medical specialties are adult critical care, general practice, and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rhoton include asthma, sleep apnea, and snoring. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Cough, Asthma, Fatigue, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Bharat B Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Latthe honors. Dr. Latthe's education and training includes medical school at Grant Medical College and residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Ikedinobi Ugochukwu Eni, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 120
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ikedinobi Eni's specialty is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Dr. Eni takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Hypertension, Ear Problems, Heart Problems, Nose Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (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.