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Specializes in Family Medicine
720 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Joel Weinberger is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Weinberger studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia and Botsford Hospital. Dr. Weinberger is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
461 West Oak Street; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Link specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Link is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Hospital Jacksonville's residency program. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Link honors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan is an internist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Khan completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khan's professional 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 A Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil works as a general internist. Dr. Hizkil's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Hizkil's professional 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. Conrado E Talampas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1506 Village Oak Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Conrado Talampas is an internist. He 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Talampas (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Aerospace Medicine
211 East Ruby Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Paul Sovran's areas of specialization are geriatrics (elderly care) and aerospace medicine; he sees patients in Kissimmee, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Sovran attended medical school at New York Medical College. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sovran honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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

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Dr. Ajaz Afzal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1032 Mann Street; Oak Medical Plaza 1
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ajaz Afzal specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Kissimmee, FL. Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Afzal's education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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Dr. John Thomas Littell, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
300 Park Place Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. John Littell's area of specialization is family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Littell accepts. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Littell completed a residency program at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Littell (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1504 Village Oak Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed practices adult infectious disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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Dr. Syed T Mumtaz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
724 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Syed Mumtaz is a Kissimmee, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He graduated from Sindh Medical College and then he performed his residency at Queens Hospital Center. Dr. Mumtaz has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mumtaz accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Mumtaz is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1952 N John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Sidi Elalaoui specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Kissimmee, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elalaoui honors.

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

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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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