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CTVS Sheds Light on Peripheral Artery Disease

If you have unexplained leg pain or wounds to your feet or toes that struggle to heal, you could be suffering from Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. PAD is when the arteries of the legs or other extremities become narrow or clogged leading to poor circulation. 10 million Americans currently suffer from PAD, according to [...]

By |September 11th, 2020|News|

COVID-19 & Long-Term Heart Damage: Is There a Connection?

Because of its commonly recognized respiratory symptoms -- heavy coughing and difficulty breathing -- the most severely damaged part of the body following a bout of COVID-19 was thought to be the lungs, until now. A small study recently conducted in Germany and profiled in JAMA-Cardiology reveals that the effects of COVID-19 on the heart following [...]

By |August 19th, 2020|News|

AFib Surgical Treatments

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, happens when the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. This irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. What are the surgical treatments for AFib?  The two most common surgical treatments for [...]

By |August 17th, 2020|News|

About Our Vascular Intervention Suite (VIS)

The vascular surgeons at CTVS are committed to providing state-of-the-art imaging and treatment options to help restore blood flow to the legs and feet of patients with poor circulation and clogged arteries. We’re doing this in the most convenient way through our in-office Vascular Intervention Suite (VIS). Our team uses sophisticated x-ray technology and equipment, [...]

By |August 10th, 2020|News|

CTVS 1st in Texas to Use TREO Device For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) has been making history for decades as pioneers performing several important first-ever medical procedures here in Central Texas. CTVS board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Mazin Foteh is now the first in our region to use the Terumo TREO implant device to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. Abdominal aortic aneurysms form when the [...]

By |July 21st, 2020|News|

Dialysis Patients Urged Not to Delay Treatment Due to COVID-19

Dialysis Patients Urged Not to Delay Treatment Due to COVID-19 CTVS wants to remind patients that we are still performing essential vascular surgical procedures associated with dialysis treatment to all those suffering from kidney failure or End Stage Renal Disease. Dialysis and hemodialysis treatments use medical equipment to take over the filtration of blood and [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|News|

Five Tips to Prevent DVT on Your Summer Road Trip

After several months cooped up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of current fears of flying, many people are looking to hit the open road and travel by car for their summer vacation. “While traveling in your own personal car may help you avoid the virus en route to your destination, it is not [...]

By |June 12th, 2020|News|

Patient Story: Back on Track to Travel the World With a Little Help from Dr. Fortes

Kay Garcia McAnally and her husband, Conor, have been married 30 years. They're avid travelers and go to Europe twice a year where they have a second home in Ireland. So when Kay was sidelined due to her serious condition -- an elevated diaphragm -- they were both devastated. An elevated diaphragm occurs when one [...]

By |June 3rd, 2020|News|

Newer, less invasive procedure can help prevent a stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Stroke Association.  Most strokes are caused by a buildup of plaque that cause blockages in the brain, and how quickly you receive treatment plays a large part in your ability to recover. CTVS board certified vascular surgeon Dr. Mazin Foteh [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|News|