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Highly accomplished and leading pulmonlogist in the country, Dr. Ravindra Mehta, Chief of Pulmonology & Critical Care, Apollo Hospitals, Jayanagar, Bengaluru today announced the use of highly advanced and innovative Asthma Therapy called Bronchial Thermoplasty. Apollo Hospitals, thus, becomes the first institution in Karnataka to use Bronchial Thermoplasty to manage persistent and difficult Asthma.
Dr Ravindra Mehta “Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in our country and among many other reasons, the air in most of the Indian cities, especially Bangalore, causes asthma and bronchitis as the air has the highest amounts of tiny suspended particles that penetrate deep into the airways and lungs. Thousands of Asthma patients have been suffering with acute and persistent asthma over years and lead a life with tremendous breathing difficulty despite constant intake of medicine through inhalers and nebulizers. Such drug-resistant patients can now rejoice as this newer innovative therapy Bronchial Thermoplasty can make breathing easier and better.”
World over, Bronchial Thermoplasty is a promising treatment for severe asthma. During asthma attacks, there are muscles inside the lungs called the ‘smooth muscles’ that get all tightened, which brings about a difficulty in breathing. Bronchial Thermoplasty employs the use of heat to compress these muscles’ mass and thickness to increase airflow. The procedure is carried out by a doctor in three sessions. Every one of these sessions is just for about an hour and at each time separate parts of the lungs are treated.
Dr Mehta further adds “Several studies conducted at international level indicate that after taking Bronchial Thermoplasty therapy, patients lead a much better lifestyle and do not have to remain absent from their work or perform routine daily tasks. Asthma attacks that usually necessitate hospitalization or a day visit to emergency rooms are significantly reduced”.
According to W.H.O, between 15 and 20 million people have asthma in India, with some studies putting the numbers higher at 30 million. Patients with smaller airways get constricted when exposed to allergens such as pollutants, dust, weather changes, pollen, mites and hazardous gases in indoor and outdoor air. In the wake of such alarming situation, advance medical technologies like Bronchial Thermoplasty comes as a boon to give patients a sigh of relief!