We found 5 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Saint Cloud, FL.

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Dr Michael H Link MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.38 stars out of 5 (19 ratings)
2902 17th Street
Saint Cloud, FL

Dr. Michael Link is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Link accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Dr. Link is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Link is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Urinaly ... (Read more)

Dr Muhammad A Hizkil MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hizkil include hepatitis, restless leg syndrome, and physical exams. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hizkil takes. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Persian. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable Bo ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL

Dr. Sanjay Shah's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include hepatitis, restless leg syndrome, and physical exams. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of PinnacleHealth's residency program. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable Bo ... (Read more)

Dr Ernest Chung MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3008 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL

Dr. Ernest Chung specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Cloud, FL. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Chung is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Chung trained at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr Muhammad Amir Khan MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL

Dr. Muhammad Khan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Khan attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include hepatitis, restless leg syndrome, and physical exams. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable Bo ... (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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