Asthma can be unpredictable and can limit many aspects of your life from physical activity to work, school, and time spent with friends and family. Some 25 million Americans have asthma and 5%-10% of these patients are diagnosed with severe asthma.

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), a Revolutionary Non-Drug Treatment for Severe Asthma

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As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common side effect of BT is temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. This side effect typically occurs within a day of the procedure and resolves within 7 days on average with standard care. There is a small (3.4% per procedure) risk of these symptoms requiring hospitalization.

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BT is a revolutionary approach to treating patients with severe asthma who are on high doses of medication and still have symptoms. BT actually reduces the amount of excess smooth-muscle tissue in the airways — the airways constrict less, breathing is easier, and there is less likelihood of an asthma attack.

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