Free Seminar in Indianapolis Clears the Air on New, Effective Treatment of Asthma
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Imagine trying to breathe through a straw, struggling and gasping day in and day out. That's how many patients feel who suffer from severe asthma.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis is hosting a free seminar focused on chronic asthma and a new treatment option for patients at the hospital. The event is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, May 15, and will be held in the Women & Children's Conference Room near Entrance 2 at the hospital (8111 South Emerson Avenue).
Faisal Khan, MD, one of only two board-certified interventional pulmonologists in Indiana, will discuss an innovative treatment he uses when inhalers and other remedies no longer work. The procedure is bronchial thermoplasty, an FDA-approved nonsurgical outpatient therapy for those 18 years and older.
"Bronchial thermoplasty has been proven to effective to improve quality of life in adults who suffer from asthma, decreasing attacks, reduced emergency room visits and time lost from work or school," said Dr. Khan, interventional pulmonology director at Franciscan Health.
Asthma, a chronic lung disease with no cure, commonly causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. When triggered, severe asthma causes the airways in the lungs to narrow, leading to the onset of an asthma attack.
By Joe Stuteville
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