We found 7 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze EPO near Lutz, FL.

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Dr. Sailesh Naresh Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sailesh Shah's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Wesley Chapel, FL. Dr. Shah graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 201
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Land O Lakes, FL, Tampa, FL, and Wesley Chapel, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. Dr. Vydyula is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He is in-network 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 Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Shah has indicated that his clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Shah attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shah is in-network for 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: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Mahesh M Bhambore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21762 State Road 54
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore sees patients in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Bhambore's clinical interests: heart problems, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and wellness visit. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University, he performed his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay's areas of expertise include steroid injections, warts, and allergic contact dermatitis. She accepts 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for residency. Dr. Lindsay is professionally affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Primary Care, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Choksi honors.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Primary Care, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (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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