(WDIV) -- About 31 million Americans suffer from chronic sinus problems, affecting their ability to breathe, sleep, smell and taste.
Most people are familiar with the stents doctors use to treat heart patients suffering from clogged arteries. Now that same concept is being applied to clogged sinuses. It's idea that's helping some patients breathe easy for the first time in decades.
Mike Whitty said his sinus problems started in college. Through the years, it only got worse.
"I was a professional tennis player up until I was 30, and so throughout that whole time, it was never breathing through the nose. It was always breathing through the mouth," said Whitty.