Video: Real relief for serious asthma
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


THANKSGIVING, COMING UP TONIGHT AT 6:00.>>Myra: IN THE HEALTH BEAT TODAY, 17 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS STRUGGLE WITH ASTHMA. IT’S A NARROWING OF THE AIRWAYS. FOR MOST MEDICATION CAN HELP CONTROL THE SYMPTOMS BUT FOR 5% THERE ISN’T MUCH THAT WORKS. THERE’S A SURGICAL PROCEDURE THAT HELPS PATIENTS BREEZE EASIER.>>BAKING IS SOMETHING ME AND MY GIRLS DO A LOT.>>Reporter: SHE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME IN THE KITCHEN. FOR FIRST TIME IN YEARS, EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES DON’T WEAR HER OUT.>>I COULDN’T GET THROUGH THE DAY BECAUSE I COULDN’T BREEZE.>>Reporter: JEN HAD ASTHMA SINCE SHE WAS 21. NO MATTER WHAT DOCTORS PRESCRIBED HER AIRWAYS WERE OFTEN INFLAMED.>>FROM THAT POINT ON AROUND EVERY SIX WEEKS I WOULD EITHER COME DOWN WITH BRONCHITIS OR ANOTHER CASE OF PNEUMONIA.>>Reporter: A DOCTOR OFFERED A NEW FDA-APPROVED TREATMENT. DURING THE PROCEDURE DOCTORS PUT A SCOPE INTO THE LUNGS TO DELIVER RADIOFREQUENCY WAVES.>>IT’S APPROXIMATELY 65 DEGREES. IT’S THERMAL ENERGY. AND THE IDEA IS TO DECREASE THE MUSCLE MASS OF THE BRONCHIAL TREE.>>Reporter: WITH LESS MUSCLE THE WALLS ARE LESS LIKELY TO CONTRACT DURING AN ASTHMA ATTACK.>>THIS ISN’T FOR EVERY 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 GIVE YOU A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE, IT’S JUST AMAZING.


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