CTVS Opens New Kyle Office to Meet Growing Need in Hays County

Hays County is now the fastest growing county in the country with the area’s population having multiplied ten times over since 2000. For this reason, CTVS realized the need to offer expert and quality cardiothoracic care to residents there so they no longer have to travel to Austin for it. We are therefore pleased to announce that our new full-time clinic is now open in Kyle. “To provide this level of specialty care in Hays County is critical to the health of Central Texans,” said Dr. Stephen J. Dewan, president of CTVS and board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. “We’re excited to provide [...]

May 5th, 2022|News|

Treating the Whole Esophagus from Cancer to GERD

The American Cancer Society expects that roughly 20,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed this year.  Many of those cases will prove fatal if not detected and treated early. As April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, CTVS urges everyone to become educated about the symptoms associated with this devastating, but treatable disease. The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the throat and the stomach so that food and liquids can enter and nourish the body.  Risk factors that may contribute to esophageal cancer include smoking, a history of Barrett’s Esophagus and other acid reflux disorders such as [...]

April 26th, 2022|News|

National Donate Life Month 2022

Have you ever considered “bee-coming” an organ donor? Or are you one already? This year’s theme for National Donate Life Month is “Bee a Donor” because bees support life throughout nature and their community. At CTVS, we are so grateful for those who choose to make the gift of organ donation and marvel at the opportunity that one human saves the life of another. One single organ donor can save up to eight different lives. Last year, 41,354 organ transplants were performed in the United States (3,817 of those were heart transplants). Despite the ongoing medical challenges of the COVID-19 [...]

April 26th, 2022|News|

New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Could Save More Lives and Provide Better Access

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the United States, more so than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In 2022, the American Cancer Society predicts a staggering 131,180 deaths due to lung cancer, however, it also predicts that with more widespread screening, early detection could save a potential 30,000 to 60,000 lives. Updated screening guidelines were recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last year and are now newly supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The new guidelines aim to make screenings more widely available to high risk individuals and those [...]

March 14th, 2022|News|

How Diabetes Damages Blood Vessels Causing Risk for PAD

Research shows that approximately one out of four Americans does not realize that they have diabetes. For this reason, it is often referred to as a “silent” disease. Diabetes increases the level of glucose, or sugar, in the blood to dangerous levels and can occur in one of two forms:  Type 1 which is genetic, or Type 2 which is largely due to poor diet and unhealthy eating habits. If left untreated, diabetes can have a negative impact on blood vessels and circulation and lead to serious conditions like atherosclerosis, PAD (peripheral artery disease), and even stroke or heart attack. [...]

March 9th, 2022|News|

CTVS Patient Urges Others to Pay Attention to Your Heart Health

All throughout February, CTVS has been sharing ways to get heart healthy in honor of American Heart Month. One important piece of advice we are sharing comes from a special patient of ours, Chris Valdez, who says that you should never ignore troubling health symptoms, especially those regarding your heart, as it could mean a matter of life and death. Chris, a 43-year old single father of five, recently shared his emotional story on CBS Austin. He was born with a heart defect which he did not get diagnosed or seek treatment for until later in life, despite having chronic [...]

February 28th, 2022|News|

Love Your Heart, Stress Less

February is American Heart Month and a great time to check in about your heart health. Cardiovascular/heart disease is responsible for one in every four deaths in the United States. It also contributes to other serious consequences in the form of heart attack and stroke. If you are already under the care of a heart doctor, make sure to keep up with your regular appointments and medication. Or, if you have a family history of heart disease, but are unsure of your potential risks for it, now is a good time to speak with a physician about preventative measures. One [...]

February 14th, 2022|News|

5 Simple Steps to Improve Cardiovascular Health

If you could follow five simple steps to help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease in 2022, would you? Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with approximately one person succumbing to it every 26 seconds. Heart disease, if left untreated, can lead to serious, and even fatal, conditions such as PAD (peripheral artery disease), heart attack and stroke. Vowing to better your overall health for this new year is a great resolution but resolving to improve your heart health specifically is an even better lifetime resolution. [...]

January 10th, 2022|News|

CTVS Physicians Recognized as Top Doctors by Austin Monthly

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) is proud to recognize our physicians that have been named to Austin Monthly magazine’s list of Austin Top Doctors 2022. Please join us in congratulating our “Top Doctors” in Travis, Williamson, and Hays Counties. Cardiothoracic Surgery  Stephen Dewan, M.D. Mark Felger, M.D. William Kessler, M.D. Faraz Kerendi, M.D. W. Chance Conner, M.D. Robert Neely, M.D. Brendan Dewan, M.D. Vascular Surgery Phillip Church, M.D. John Politz, M.D. Jeffrey Jobe, M.D. Stephen Settle, M.D. Joe Wells III, M.D. Scott Seidel, M.D. Jeffrey Apple, M.D. Mazin Foteh, M.D. Ryan Turley, M.D. Top Doctors are selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. through peer [...]

January 4th, 2022|News|

Treating Diabetes Complications and Preventing Amputation

Diabetes on its own is a challenging condition to manage which requires you to constantly monitor your diet and keep blood sugar and insulin levels in a good range. Patients with diabetes are also at increased risk for a variety of other medical complications, such as peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Both of these conditions can have serious adverse effects on the lower extremities (legs and feet), which can potentially lead to amputation if they are not treated properly. Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can develop with chronic high blood sugar levels. Neuropathy can [...]

December 15th, 2021|News|
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