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 D.O.
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sailesh Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Shah focuses on sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Tampa, FL, Wesley Chapel, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Vydyula is especially interested in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vydyula honors. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vydyula is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial ... (Read more)

Chirag Shah DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include sleep disorders, asthma, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Shah is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and wellness visit. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Vaccines, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Pritesh Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
average rating 3 stars (4 ratings)
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel is a general internist and geriatrician. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and a graduate of Jersey Shore University Medical Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Patel is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patel has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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
average rating 3.25 stars (2 ratings)
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay is a Lutz, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Her clinical interests include steroid injections, warts, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lindsay's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Tarak Choksi is an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Choksi include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. 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. He attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (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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