More than 230 million people around the world struggle with asthma. With no cure and its causes still not fully understood, the chronic disease can even be life threatening. For those with severe asthma, options are often limited to medication such as high doses of steroids which themselves have serious side effects including osteoporosis, depression and weight gain.
A new procedure called bronchial thermoplasty, however, is offering asthma sufferers the chance of easing their daily burden without medication. Bronchial thermoplasty works by significantly reducing the amount of muscle around the airways which is usually thicker in asthma sufferers, by heating it to 65C. This pioneering new procedure has also been shown to almost halve the number of severe asthma attacks.
Join Dr Elizabeth Healey in the UK to see how the pioneering procedure is dramatically changing the lives of severe asthma sufferers for the better.
Source: Al Jazeera