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Memorial Hospital has new treatment for severe asthma patients

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Memorial Hospital has a new way to treat severe asthma in patients, and they're the first hospital on the east side of the state to offer the treatment.

Doctors say asthma patients have thicker-than-usual muscles around airways in the lungs which means less air is let through.

The new treatment puts a scope down into the airways and pumps low energy radio waves into the muscles, making them thinner. It's not a cure but it can help patients with severe cases live better.

"Your quality of life... It's a huge impact for the quality of life. So if you couldn't, you know, get up the stairs before to chase after your kids... It's a leisure to do it now, post procedure," says Memorial Respiratory Care Services Director Brian Weihs.

Memorial says they haven't used this treatment yet because patients have to go through a long evaluation process before they're eligible.

 

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