New treatment for asthma
25
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


HAS TURNED THEIR BACKS.>>>SERIOUS ASTHMA, LIMITING QUALITY OF LIFE AND CAUSING DANGEROUS COMPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS. NOW THERE IS A NEW TREATMENT GIVING THEM HOPE AND HELPING THEM TO BREATHE AGAIN. CHANNEL 2’S LAUREN FREEMAN REVEALS HOW IT WORKS AND W CAN BENEFI>>Reporter: 38-YEAR-OLD JEN SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN TH KITCHEN.>>I COULDN’T GET THROUGH THE DAY BECAUSE I COULDN’T BREATHE.>>Reporter: SHE HAD ASTHMA SINCE SHE WAS 21. FOUR YEARS AGO SHE GOT PNEUMONIA. AFTER THAT, NO MATTER WHAT DOCTORS PRESCRIBED, HER AIRWAYS WERE ALWAY INFLAMED.>>FROM THAT POINTS ON, AROUND EVERY SIX WEEKS, I WOULD EITHER COME DOWN WITH BRONCHITIS OR ANOTHER CASE O PNEUMONIA.>>Reporter: THIS DOCTOR OFFERED ANOTHER OPTION, A NEW F.D. APPROVED TREATMENT CALLED BRONCHIAL THERMO PLASTY. DURING THE PROCEDUR THEY PUT A BRONX YES SCOPE AND FLEXIBLE CATHETER INTO THE LUNGS TO DELIVER RADIO FREQUENCY WAVES TO THE LINES OF THE TISSUE.>>65 DEGREES, IT’S THERMAL ENERGY AND THE IDEA IS TO DECREASE THE MUSCLE MASS.>>Reporter: THE AIRWAY WALLS ARE LESS LIKELY TO CONTRACT DURING AN ASTHMA ATTACK. DOCTORS PERFORMED THREE SEPARATE PROCEDURES, THREE WEEKS APART.>>THIS ISN’T FOR EVERY SINGLE ASTHMATIC. THIS IS THE WORST OF THE WORST THAT WE CAN’T CONTROL.>>Reporter: THE PROCEDURE HAS KEPT JEN OUT OF THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND GIVEN HER MORE TIME WITH HER GIRLS.>>JUST TO HELP GIVE YOU A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. IT’S JUST AMAZING.>>Reporter: DOCTORS SAY ONCE THE INITIAL THREE SESSIONS ARE DONE, THE PROCEDURE CANNOT BE REPEATED. THE DOCTOR SAYS THIS IS NOT A CURE FOR ASTHMA. MOST PATIENTS WILL STILL REQUIRE SOME MEDICATION TO CONTROL SYMPTOMS.


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