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Salem Health offers hope for patients with severe asthma 

Adults with severe asthma have a way to breathe better thanks to a safe, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. Salem Health now offers bronchial thermoplasty, a clinically proven, long-term treatment that greatly improves quality of life for severe asthma patients.

Salem Hospital is the only facility offering BT in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BT reduces asthma attacks by reducing smooth muscle in the airway with a catheter. With less smooth muscle, the airway constricts less and breathing is easier. Fewer asthma attacks means patients won’t need the usual inhalers or medications — and can avoid their side effects.

Who makes a good candidate for BT?

man with asthma coughing while at home.
  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Nonsmokers (for at least the past year)
  • Those with severe or persistent asthma not controlled by inhalers or medications

How is BT performed?

BT involves three separate visits performed at least three weeks apart. Under anesthesia, a lighted catheter applies heat to the smooth muscle in the bronchial tubes. 

The patient is monitored after the procedure and usually goes home the same day or early the next day. 

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Courtesy: Boston Scientific

Does BT have any side effects?

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

For more information, contact your primary care doctor or visit btforasthma.com.

Health care professionals: Visit this web site for details.