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St. Vincent First in State to Offer New Asthma Treatment

The drug free procedure is called bronchial thermoplasty.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - Joyce Rosenow, 68 of Bryant, is one of over 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma, despite taking the highest doses of available asthma medications. Today, she had the second of three treatments using bronchial thermoplasty at St. Vincent Infirmary, the only hospital in the state to perform the procedure. Dr. Adil Imran performed the procedure.

Bronchial thermoplasty uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airway walls in the lungs to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle common in people with asthma. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks.

Bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair System is approved by the FDA for adults with severe asthma who are not well controlled on current medications, and is expected to complement asthma medications by providing long-lasting asthma control. The procedure is routinely performed under moderate sedation and the patient goes home the same day. To treat the entire lung, the complete bronchial thermoplasty procedure is performed in three separate outpatient treatment sessions, each treating a different area of the lung and scheduled approximately three weeks apart.

In clinical studies, the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty included reduced severe asthma attacks, decreased visits to the ER and hospital for respiratory symptoms, and less time lost from work and school due to asthma.

Click here to learn more about bronchial thermoplasty.
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