Living with asthma can be challenging in the Atlanta area. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Atlanta was rated as the number 9 asthma capital among the 100 largest U.S. cities. For five to ten percent of asthma patients with severe asthma, breathing can be even more difficult. Fortunately, there is a new treatment called Bronchial Thermoplasty that is available here in Gwinnett County. It is helping these patients breathe better. Eastside Medical Center is one of four hospitals in Georgia that offers this new treatment.
Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is a safe outpatient bronchoscopy procedure that uses mild heat to reduce excessive smooth muscle in airways, which helps reduce severe asthma attacks.
People with severe asthma have an excess of smooth muscle tissue lining their airways. During an asthma attack, this muscle constricts the airways, making breathing difficult. Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces the amount of excess muscle and helps minimize the narrowing of your airway.
Gregory Mauldin, MD