We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze PPO near Waco, TX.

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Dr. Shirley Fong Jones, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
120 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard; Waco Hillcrest Medical Office Building Ii
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Shirley Jones, who practices in Temple, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Jones's distinctions include: Invited participant, American College of Chest Physicians Academic Leadership Development Program; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society; and Diversity Travel Award, Sleep Research Network, Bethesda, Maryland. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Intensive Care, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin ... (Read more)

Dr. Whitney Shea Prince, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Whitney Prince's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Prince honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is conversant in Medical Spanish. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Transbronchial Biopsy, Pneumonia, Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Sepsis, Thoracentesis

Dr. Carl David Boethel, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carl Boethel specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. In addition to English, Dr. Boethel speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Polysomnography, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shekhar A Ghamande, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Shekhar Ghamande, who practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghamande accepts. He graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College. He has received the following distinction: Best attending physician," Department of Medicine, West Virginia University. Dr. Ghamande (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Emphysema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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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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