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Revolutionary New Procedure for Asthma

Last Updated 11/15/2010 4:26:09 PM

More than 2 million Americans have severe persistent asthma--asthma that is not well controlled despite the use of standard medicines. In April 2010, the FDA approved bronchial thermoplasty (BT), a groundbreaking new asthma procedure (El Camino Hospital is one of just two hospitals in California to offer it). BT is a device-based treatment (called Alair by Asthmatx) that uses heat to reduce the smooth muscle in the airway, thereby helping to keep the airway open during an attack so patients are able to breathe more easily.