We found 4 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1456 near Largo, FL.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL

Dr. Steven Morgan's specialty is general pediatrics. In addition to English, Dr. Morgan speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Morgan include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr Fran E Sterling DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL

Dr. Fran Sterling specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Sterling graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sterling include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Sterling is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr Carlos Jesus Cano MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 4.36 stars out of 5 (119 ratings)
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL

Dr. Carlos Cano's area of specialization is general pediatrics. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cano's clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. 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. Dr. Cano graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Michael D Saccente DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Saccente practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Dr. Saccente is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.
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