Overview

Treatment for Asthma Attacks

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Treatment for Asthma Attacks

University of Utah Health is now offering a bronchial thermoplasty (BT) procedure, which can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. 

How the Treatment Works

Patients who experience severe asthma have more than usual smooth muscle in their airway. During an asthma attack, that smooth muscle contracts, limiting the airflow to their lungs. Bronchial thermoplasty stops this cycle by reducing the excess muscle in the airways. This can be done through a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure.

Benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty

Research shows that BT-treated patients experience a 32 percent average decrease in asthma attacks and an 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits. Fewer asthma attacks means a decrease of oral steroid treatment—and its side effects. The BT procedure also leads to fewer days missed from work, school, and other daily activities because of restrictions from asthma.

These benefits are shown (in long-term studies) to continue up to at least five years after the procedure. 

Patients BT Can Help

BT can help you if you are:

  • Taking multiple asthma medications (check with your doctor to make sure that you are on the appropriate medication and taking it as prescribed),
  • 18 years and older, and
  • One or more of the following:
    • Still having asthma attacks.
    • Adjusting your lifestyle to avoid asthma triggers.
    • Absent from work, school, or other daily activities because of your asthma.

Learn more by scheduling an appointment or contacting us.