Asthma in Scottsdale, AZ
The Scottsdale Stem Cell Treatment Center offers treatment for asthma to the residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding Arizona communities.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a common lung condition that causes breathing difficulty due to inflammation in the airways. The condition causes feelings of tightness in the chest, blocked airways, and other symptoms, such as wheezing or persistent coughing. An estimated 300 million people around the world are affected by asthma, and it accounts for more than a quarter million deaths per year across the globe. Fortunately, however, asthma is treatable.
What Causes Asthma?
Researchers, scientists, and physicians have not determined a precise cause of asthma, but heredity and environmental factors do seem to play a role. The condition affects children and adults, and some people develop the condition later in life.
Most people who have asthma have “attacks” during which the chest constricts and breathing becomes difficult. The triggers of the attacks are different for each person. Some known triggers of asthma attacks include the following:
- Cold air
- Respiratory infections such as colds or the flu
- Airborne allergens such as mold, dander, dust, and pollen
- Air pollutants such as smoke and chemicals
- Certain medications, which include aspirin, beta blockers, naproxen, and ibuprofen
- Intense emotions or acute stress
- Physical activity
- Menstrual cycles
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (commonly known as acid reflux)
- Certain preservatives in food and beverages
What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?
Everyone with asthma experiences different symptoms that may range from very mild to life-threatening. Some people have periodic attacks while others have persistent symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of asthma are as follows:
- Shortness of breath; inability to draw a deep breath
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Inability to sleep due to coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
- Wheezing when exhaling, particularly in children
- Worsening cough or wheezing in combination with a respiratory ailment, such as the common cold
People with advanced asthma experience the following:
- Symptoms that become bothersome or get more frequent over time
- Using a rescue inhaler with greater frequency
- Poor peak flow meter tests, which indicate weakening lungs and an inability to properly inhale or exhale
In some cases, the following bring on asthma attacks:
- Exercise that may be exacerbated by very dry or very cold air
- Occupation, especially in workplaces with certain chemicals or materials
- Allergies, such as dander, pollen, and mold
Promising Stem Cell Treatment Options
Research has shown that asthma caused by allergies is highly treatable with adipose-derived stem cells. The cells have the ability to suppress T-cell immune responses, thus reducing the effects of the allergens on the cardiovascular system as a whole. Ongoing research continues to gather evidence about the ways in which stem cell therapy controls immune responses in the airways.
Stem cell therapy is available for the treatment of asthma. The patient receives a general anesthetic, and a combination of SVF tissue is delivered intravenously and through a nebulizer at the same time. The procedure takes only about three hours. The treatment is highly recommended for patients who are not getting enough relief from standard treatment options, such as the numerous pills and inhalants used to control the symptoms and progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy is advancing at an astonishing rate, and it is possible to better control your asthma with a simple, virtually pain-free procedure.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of asthma, please contact us at Scottsdale Stem Cell to find out whether STV or another form of stem cell treatment is right for you and your unique condition.