Celebrating 65 Years Serving Central Texas



Convergent Procedure Returns AFib Patient to Her Active, Healthy Lifestyle

A swimmer, hiker, and martial artist, you’d never guess 64-year-old Trisha McLaughlin struggled with an irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, and has undergone a number of heart procedures. She credits the Convergent Procedure performed by CTVS cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Faraz Kerendi for helping her get back to her healthy and active life. In her mid-50s, Trisha noticed an irregular heartbeat and palpitations from time to time, and was initially told it could be a side effect of a medication she was taking, or even her age. She was losing her energetic self and even struggled with depression as her symptoms [...]

September 27th, 2023|Cardiac Surgery|

September Sheds Light on Aortic Disease Awareness

In September, we raise awareness about serious issues that affect the aorta, the body’s largest artery and essential component of the heart. September 19th is Aortic Dissection Awareness Day, calling attention to the condition that famously took the life of popular actor John Ritter. Aortic dissections and aortic aneurysms lead to nearly 10,000 deaths each year.  These are conditions that our board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular specialists at CTVS routinely treat. The most common aortic problems that we see and provide surgical treatment for include: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): this occurs when a portion of the aorta that extends through the [...]

September 20th, 2023|News|

Here’s what you should know about Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, is a serious circulatory condition that is steadily on the rise. In the United States,  23.8 million people are expected to be diagnosed with PAD by 2030. At CTVS, we frequently treat the many complications stemming from PAD. This PAD Awareness Month, we're sharing some important things to know about the condition. What is PAD? PAD is a vascular condition that occurs when blood vessels supplying blood to the lower extremities (usually the feet and legs) become severely narrowed or blocked. Blockage is typically due to a build-up of plaque in the arteries or poor [...]

September 20th, 2023|News|

Convergent Procedure to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

It is estimated that more than 12 million people in the United States will have Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib in 2030. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed heart conditions and is characterized by an irregular heartbeat or rhythm, known as arrhythmia. If left untreated, this erratic heartbeat can disrupt blood flow and lead to serious life-threatening issues like stroke or heart failure. Some risk factors for AFib include, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, obesity, or other heart conditions, such as a leaky valve or blocked artery. Advanced age can also be a contributor to developing AFib, and [...]

August 22nd, 2023|News|

Welcome Vascular Surgeon Dr. Kofi Quaye

Throughout our 65-year history at CTVS, we have always been proud to assemble the most talented team of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons in Central Texas. We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new member to our team vascular surgeon Dr. Kofi B. Quaye who will begin seeing patients in September. Dr. Quaye is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and he received his Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College. He completed his general surgery residency at Houston Methodist Hospital, followed by a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Quaye has a special interest [...]

August 17th, 2023|Latest News|

Thoracic Sympathectomy to Treat Ventricular Arrhythmia

At CTVS, our team of board-certified thoracic surgeons routinely perform a procedure known as a thoracic sympathectomy to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. During this surgery, part of the sympathetic chain of nerves that runs along the spine is carefully severed to halt signals that trigger the sweat glands. Now, thoracic sympathectomy is increasingly being used to treat serious heart conditions such as ventricular arrhythmia (an abnormal heartbeat) in patients who fail to respond to other therapies like medication and/or ablation.  What is a thoracic sympathectomy? The sympathetic chain is a small nerve chain that runs along each side of [...]

July 31st, 2023|Thoracic Surgery|

CTVS Performs First Traumatic Aortic Repair Surgery in Williamson County Using Innovative TBE Device

It’s been more than five years since CTVS was the first practice in Central Texas to pioneer use of the GORE® TAG® Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis (TBE) in a pivotal research study for treating aortic disease. More recently, our own board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons Dr. Mark Felger and Dr. Nicolas Zea became the first physicians in Williamson County to use the TBE on a trauma patient. The TBE is an innovative device designed to repair damage to the thoracic aorta, the largest artery in the heart, and in the case of 41-year-old Alfred Peterson, it was a lifesaver. Alfred was [...]

CTVS Celebrates 65 Years Serving Central Texas Community

We’re excited to announce a significant milestone at CTVS – our 65th anniversary!  We are the longest-standing cardiothoracic and vascular group of specialists in Central Texas.  We have had the privilege of treating the most complex cardiac, thoracic, and vascular conditions for people living in Travis, Hays, Williamson and the surrounding 10 county area. And let’s not forget patients who come to our area from well beyond the city limits. “Since 1958, CTVS has been an integral member of the medical community in Austin and Central Texas.  Over the years, what makes us stand out is the collaboration among our physicians, [...]

July 19th, 2023|News|

Diabetes and Vascular Complications

Approximately 37 million Americans are currently living with diabetes - that’s about one out of every ten people. Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the way the body processes food, particularly sugar. If diabetes is not managed properly, it can have severe side effects, especially on the vascular system. The vascular system is the body’s intricate network of arteries, veins and blood vessels. Diabetes can lead to a severe narrowing of blood vessels impacting circulation and resulting in serious complications like PAD (peripheral artery disease) and diabetic foot and leg ulcers. While CTVS does not treat diabetes (an endocrinologist [...]

June 21st, 2023|Vascular Surgery|

Men, Heart Disease and Bypass Surgery

Did you know that the leading cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease? Heart disease, or coronary artery disease, is most commonly diagnosed when the arteries that carry blood to the heart become blocked, resulting in serious conditions such as a heart attack. As June is Men’s Health Month, CTVS encourages all men to take a good look at their overall health, and especially their heart. Ways to ensure optimal heart health include eating a healthy low-fat diet, exercising regularly, and keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check. Unfortunately, some are still prone to [...]

June 15th, 2023|Cardiac Surgery, News|
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