Overlake Medical Center Offering Bronchial Thermoplasty

Only hospital in King County offering BT as a treatment for severe asthma

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BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue is now the only hospital in King County offering bronchial thermoplasty to patients suffering from severe asthma, giving them a non-medicated, proven way to control their asthma symptoms and resulting in 32 percent fewer severe asthma attacks.

Bronchial thermoplasty is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure in which a thin fiber optic tube is passed through the mouth of the patient and into the airway. Using the tube, doctors are able to deliver precisely-controlled heat to the airway wall, which reduces any excessive smooth muscle around the airway. By reducing this excess smooth muscle, the ability of the airway to constrict is diminished. This significantly decreases the likelihood of an asthma attack.

“This is a novel approach to the treatment of asthma that does not use medications to control this debilitating disease,” said Dr. Amy Markezich, the associate medical director of the Pulmonary Division at Overlake Medical Clinics. “The benefits of the treatment persist for years after the procedure, whereas in other asthma treatments, the patients have to keep taking their medications to continue having a benefit.”

According to the Washington State Department of Health more than half a million people in Washington state have asthma and approximately 5,000 people are hospitalized every year. Bronchial thermoplasty has been shown to not only result in 32 percent fewer severe asthma attacks but in addition 84 percent fewer emergency room visits and 66 percent fewer lost days from work, school, and other activities due to asthma.

“Patients 18 or older who have persistent asthma and who are still getting exacerbations despite using inhaled controller medications are candidates for bronchial thermoplasty,” said Dr. Markezich.

If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Amy Markezich, about the treatment of severe asthma with bronchial thermoplasty, please contact Lee Keller at lee@thekellergroup.com.

About Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of medical clinics throughout the Eastside. The hospital is licensed for 349 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women’s programs, senior care, psychiatric services and it was the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside. Overlake also participates in a wide range of community outreach activities including health fairs, free health screening events, wellness classes and wellness publications. For more information, visit www.overlakehospital.org.

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Contact:
Overlake Medical Center
Kipepeo Brown, 425-688-5603
kipepeo.brown@overlakehospital.org
or
For Overlake Medical Center
Lee Keller, 206-799-3805
lee@thekellergroup.com
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