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Honing In On Heart Valves (Part 1 of 2)

Most people are aware of the importance of keeping your overall heart health in check--with regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining good blood pressure. But what about your heart valves? They are the intricate structures deep inside the heart muscle that are essential for its proper functioning. If they are damaged or deteriorate, serious problems could occur, and your overall heart health could be in jeopardy. CTVS has more than 60 years of experience treating heart valves and other cardiothoracic issues. How many heart valves are there and how do they work? The heart is made up of [...]

July 26th, 2021|News|

Could a smart watch help prevent heart failure in the future?

Smart watches continue to get smarter, especially when it comes to health and fitness tracking. And, more and more people are wearing them. As of early 2020, it was estimated that roughly one-in-five adults in the U.S. regularly reported wearing a smart watch or fitness tracker to monitor things like heart rate, blood pressure, and steps taken throughout the day. One trend that our CTVS cardiothoracic experts are always tracking themselves is a smart watch’s ability to detect signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) which could ultimately lead to heart failure. Earlier detection of AFib could help physicians recommend quicker treatment [...]

July 22nd, 2021|News|

What is Myocarditis and Its Connection to Young People Receiving the COVID Vaccine

Recent data has linked myocarditis to young people (mainly ages 16 to 24 years) receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. While we do not typically treat this age group at CTVS, we do see myocarditis in our patients quite often. Myocarditis is a cardiovascular condition that occurs when the heart muscle becomes inflamed. It can be triggered by a variety of causes such as a virus (like COVID-19 itself), certain medications, or immunological disorders. Symptoms might include chest pain, shortness of breath of heart palpitations.  It is easily treatable once detected with medication or medical devices (in severe cases) to restore heart [...]

July 1st, 2021|News|

CTVS Recognizes Men’s Health Month in June

As you check in with your loved ones this Father’s Day, take time to ask them about how their overall physical and mental health is too. June is Men’s Health Month which brings awareness to the many serious medical conditions that men face while also emphasizing that most of them are also highly treatable if detected early. At CTVS, we have been diagnosing and treating a variety of cardiac, vascular, and thoracic conditions that commonly affect men for more than 60 years. Some of these issues that our board-certified specialists frequently see in our male patients include: Heart disease, which [...]

June 14th, 2021|News|

Dr. Rachel Medbery Shares About the Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is becoming more and more mainstream in operating rooms. This technology is used for everything from having your gallbladder removed, a hysterectomy or prostatectomy, or a hernia repair, to lung and esophageal surgery. CTVS has been treating thoracic disorders (those occurring between the abdomen and the neck) for more than 50 years and utilizes robotic thoracic surgery often in addressing a variety of these conditions. What is robotic thoracic surgery? Robotic surgery is a technique that surgeons use to perform minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Typically three-foursmall incisions between the ribs are made on one side of the chest, [...]

June 2nd, 2021|News|

What You Should Know About Heart Health After COVID-19

As the world starts to return to normal following the pandemic, it’s important for anyone who suffered from COVID-19, even a mild case, to listen to their heart. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States with roughly one person dying every 36 seconds from it. Sadly, that number is expected to increase following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. CTVS board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. W. Chance Conner says this increase can be attributed to two things. “Many people with heart problems did not seek medical attention last year out of fear of going to [...]

May 26th, 2021|News|

How Dr. Foteh and Effective PAD Treatment Kept This Unicyclist Cycling

Riding a unicycle requires skill, coordination, balance, and above all else, the use of both legs. Imagine being passionate about your hobby of unicycling and facing the loss of a leg to amputation due to a vascular condition known as PAD, or peripheral artery disease. This scenario was one that CTVS patient Duane Campbell--an avid unicyclist--faced five years ago. He experienced intense leg pain and cramping for months to the point where he could barely walk the length of his driveway. He chalked it up to muscle strain from unicycling.   Eventually the pain became unbearable, so Duane went to his [...]

May 19th, 2021|News|

Think FAST to Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Last year, stroke cases were down nearly 40% due to fear of going to the hospital amid the pandemic. Yet there were still more than 159,000 deaths reported due to this common and sometimes deadly medical emergency that occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain bursts or hemorrhages. Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke. If action is not taken immediately, there can be irreversible damage to the brain or even death in extreme cases. At CTVS, our team of board-certified vascular surgeons has been dedicated to [...]

May 13th, 2021|News|

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month and How Dr. Medbery says Early Detection is the Key to Fighting It

Esophageal cancer can be a) very rare, b) sometimes fatal, or c) successfully treated if found early. All of the above are correct here. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 19,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed this year, and from those, nearly 15,000 unfortunately could prove fatal. With April being Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, CTVS hopes to change that trajectory of estimated deaths to successfully treated cases, one patient at a time. CTVS surgeons can treat esophageal cancer, which occurs in the lining of the esophagus and connects the throat to the stomach. Because of [...]

April 27th, 2021|News|

Celebrating Donate Life Month and the Need for Organ Donation

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, the number of organ transplants performed in 2020 was 39,034. That number decreased from 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strict mandates placed on many surgical procedures for a large part of the year, including transplants. With a renewed sense of hope and a gradual return to normalcy for 2021, organ donation and the number of life-saving transplants performed should rebound. At CTVS, we are committed to sharing the importance of organ donation now more than ever, and especially during April as it is National Donate Life Month. National Donate Life [...]

April 13th, 2021|News|