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Asthma Services

Asthma is a disease in which inflammation of the airways restricts airflow into and out of the lungs. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles of the bronchial tree become tight, and the lining of the air passages swell, reducing airflow and producing the characteristic wheezing sound.

UT Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute features an Asthma Clinic conveniently located in Knoxville, Tennessee dedicated to assisting patients with more effective disease management. This educational program includes triggers and characteristics of asthma, the role of medicines in treatment and appropriate medication usage.

Treatment is aimed at avoiding known allergens and respiratory irritants and controlling symptoms and airway inflammation through medication. Allergy testing may be helpful in identifying allergens in patients with persistent asthma.

If you experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing or breathing difficulty, schedule an appointment with your doctor. The Heart Lung Vascular Institute at UT Medical Center provides excellent patient-centered care through its Respiratory Services.


Do you have you asthma well controlled?

  • Yes; I am very diligent about taking medication
  • No; I've never seen a doctor about it
  • Fortunately, I do not suffer from asthma
  • Sometimes; my asthma varies symptoms vary.

Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma

Asthma Relief 365 days a year. Bronchial Thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure that reduces severe asthma symptoms in adults.

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