Every moment of your life, whether you're awake or asleep, your lungs are hard at work. The average adult takes more than 20,000 breaths a day. With each inhale, air enters the lungs where oxygen is transferred to the bloodstream and sent to all of your body's cells. The body parts responsible for this constant breathing in and out make up the respiratory system. The respiratory system includes the nose, throat, windpipe (trachea) and lungs.
Keeping your lungs healthy is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. From pulmonary rehabilitation to sleep studies and doctor's office visits, AnMed Health's outpatient lung and sleep services are located at the Oglesby Center on the AnMed Health North Campus.
Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the world. Although there's no cure, developing technology makes it possible to treat asthma more effectively when routine treatment fails. AnMed Health is the first in the Upstate to offer bronchial thermoplasty, an outpatient procedure that treats severe, persistent asthma in adults who are not well controlled on current medications. The lungs consist of multiple airway passages that are surrounded by smooth muscle. For people with asthma, this smooth muscle is more susceptible to triggers and irritants that can cause it to constrict and reduce the amount of air that flows through the lungs. Bronchial thermoplasty uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways to reduce excessive smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in fewer asthma attacks and better symptom control.