We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr Bashar Farjo MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2727 W Holcombe Boulevard; 1st Fl Pulmonary Department
Houston, TX

Dr. Bashar Farjo is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX and Richmond, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep apnea, interstitial lung disease, and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). Dr. Farjo is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Farjo speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and CHI St. Luke's Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Endobr ... (Read more)

Nicola Hanania MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6620 Main Street; Suite 1225
Houston, TX

Dr. Nicola Hanania is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Houston, TX. He has a special interest in bronchodilators, asthma, and clinical trials. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hanania obtained his medical school training at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Hanania (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Problems, Bronchodilators, Asthma

Amit Parulekar MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1709 Dryden Road; Ms Bcm620, Suite 9.59
Houston, TX

Dr. Amit Parulekar is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. Dr. Parulekar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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

Priya N Oolut MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 4.83 stars out of 5 (171 ratings)
6410 Fannin Street; 600
Houston, TX

Dr. Priya Oolut practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include lung biopsy, lung cancer, and lung surgery. Dr. Oolut's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Oolut honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Pulmonary Hypertensi ... (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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