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New Option for Asthma Patients Available at CDH

CDH Among First Hospitals Offering Novel Procedure for Long-Lasting Control of Severe Asthma

Winfield, Ill. – August 11, 2010 -- Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) announced today that it will be among the first in the United States to offer a new procedure for severe asthma patients, known as bronchial thermoplasty. The Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients 18 years and older who suffer from severe persistent asthma that is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists may be eligible for the new treatment.CDH began offering the procedure August 1, 2010.

Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology at CDH, Kevin Kovitz, M.D., from Suburban Lung Associates, and his team, will perform bronchial thermoplasty through the working channel of a standard flexible bronchoscope that enters through a patient’s nose or mouth to reach their lungs. The minimally invasive procedure, like many other flexible endoscopy procedures, is done under moderate sedation, allowing the patient to return home the same day.

The procedure, which will last about an hour, will treat a different part of the lungs in each treatment session for a total of three separate sessions, which are routinely scheduled at least three weeks apart.

“I am pleased that Central DuPage Hospital is one of the few institutions in the country to offer this innovative procedure to patients suffering from severe asthma,” said Kovitz. “The Alair system can make a dramatic impact on an asthma patient’s life and can give them the relief that other medications and treatments have not provided.”

The bronchial thermoplasty procedure is yet another specialty that CDH provides through its comprehensive asthma services program. Other clinical areas include full-medication analysis, peak-flow monitoring, education on inhalers and nebulizers and navigating symptomatic episodes at work and school. In addition, CDH has an asthma education team with advanced training and extensive expertise working with people who have asthma. This team includes board-certified asthma educators who are also board-certified respiratory therapists.

About Asthma
Asthma is one of the most common and costly diseases in the world. The prevalence of asthma has grown in recent decades, and there is no cure. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 20 million Americans have asthma, and managing unstable asthma consumes over $18 billion of healthcare resources each year. In the U.S. each year, asthma attacks result in approximately 10 million outpatient visits, 2 million emergency rooms visits, 500,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 deaths.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.

For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. CDH has affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for pediatric care and, most recently, nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.