20 million Americans suffer from asthma and live restricted lives unable to do things that most of us take for granted, however a new non drug asthma treatment called Bronchial Thermoplasty could offer hope for millions.
Jeff Craddock is an asthma sufferer whose job was such that he used to have a rescue inhaler between 3 and 5 times a day.
He had tried medication but it failed and he finally decided to give Bronchial thermoplasty a try.
In this procedure, a tube is inserted through the mouth or nose into the lungs of the asthmatic, whose airways are typically restricted and this inserted tube acts as a catheter that emits radio frequency energy to the muscles around the windpipe.
This energy or heat emitted prevents the muscles from constricting or narrowing which is what creates that typical breathlessness of an asthma attack. This therapy has been able to offer up options to people such as Craddock that were not available to him before.
This is not an asthma cure; it was clarified by David R. Duhamel M.D. Director of the Pulmonary Special Procedures Unit at Virginia Hospital Center, but that it can help asthma sufferers literally breathe easier and it helps them to lead a better quality of life.