Hannah has always been active and enjoys outdoor activities. She even completed a few triathlons. She first experienced asthma as a teenager, but could still lead an active lifestyle with inhalers and medication.
However, when Hannah was in her early thirties, her asthma became more severe. “I was missing work, I couldn’t catch my breath, and I would have to drive myself to the ER. I would have to be admitted to the hospital because the condition was so severe,” she recalls.
During this time, Hannah was being treated by a pulmonologist near her home in Montgomery County, PA. “We tried steroids, different inhalers, other oral medications, and nothing seemed to be helping. I was continuing to miss work and I knew I needed to take action,” she adds. “The asthma flare-ups were getting worse and worse.”
Hannah’s local pulmonologist suggested that she explore Bronchial Thermoplasty, a procedure for severe asthma that involves using heat energy to reduce the thickness of smooth muscle surrounding the airways. Bronchial Thermoplasty lessens airway constriction, reducing asthma attacks and making breathing easier.