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Congratulations to CTVS Texas Monthly Super Doctors Honorees

We are always honored at Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) to receive praise from our peers throughout the local medical community. It is even more of a privilege to be recognized alongside outstanding medical professionals from across the state, especially during this unique time when all those in the medical and healthcare communities have gone above and beyond. Once again, CTVS has several physicians named as a Texas Monthly Super Doctors® or Super Doctors® Rising Star. Our CTVS Texas Monthly Super Doctors for 2020 are: Cardiothoracic Surgeons Stephen J. Dewan, MD Mark C. Felger, MD William F. Kessler, MD Hunter [...]

November 30th, 2020|News|

CTVS Recognizes Our Own on Veterans Day

Veterans Day has always been an important occasion for us at CTVS for a trio of reasons. First of all, a few of our original practice founders were veterans.  Secondly, a number of our present patients are also veterans and finally, three of our current surgeons have had long and distinguished careers in the military before joining us at CTVS. They include: Jeffrey M. Apple, M.D., F.A.C.S. Dr. Apple served four years in the United States Navy as a staff surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. During his time with the Navy, he was deployed twice to the [...]

November 9th, 2020|News|

Keener Lung Cancer Awareness and Early Treatment Lead to Better Outcomes

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among men and women in the United States, accounting for about one in every four cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. For this reason, CTVS  supports November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month in hopes of bringing both the disease's symptoms and the positive effects of early treatment to light. Lung cancer symptoms can be hard to detect and are often subtle. They may include coughing or wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, or fatigue. Coughing up blood could also be a strong indicator for it. Risk factors that may [...]

November 6th, 2020|News|

Patient Story: CTVS Patient Survives Lung Cancer and Rare, Dangerous Aneurysm

75-year-old Lee Frissell was an NYU professor when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. His office was just one block from the Twin Towers and he saw every detail of that day. After the attack, Lee continued to work in that same area for 15 years. Due to continuous exposure to toxic air post 9/11, Lee enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, an initiative that provides monitoring and treatment services for certified, 9/11-related health conditions. Lee has since been diagnosed and treated for three different kinds of lung cancer – all were directly attributed to [...]

November 4th, 2020|News|

It’s World Stroke Day. Do you know the signs of a stroke?

Stroke strikes roughly 13 million people each year in this country, and unfortunately around 5.5 million people will die as a result. That’s approximately one out of every 4 adults who are affected. Today stroke also is the leading cause of disability worldwide. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted resulting in a loss of oxygen which is essential for it to function. It is most often due to a clot in an artery that supplies blood to the brain or a hemorrhage from a burst vessel that leaks blood into the brain. As scary as [...]

October 23rd, 2020|News|

CTVS Offers Options for Limb Salvage Treatment Ahead of Amputation

Loss of a limb can be both physically and mentally traumatic. Unfortunately it is often necessary to save a patient’s life. Amputation of a limb may be needed when there is serious infection, a wound that won’t heal, or poor circulation (typically in the legs) that causes tissue to die. Lower leg ischemia is the condition used to describe severe pain or wounds that result in this abnormally low blood flow or circulation to the leg or foot.  Ischemia develops from peripheral artery disease (PAD) which is a hardening, or narrowing, of arteries from atherosclerosis and blocking blood flow to [...]

October 15th, 2020|News|

Dr. Yang Leads Program Delivering Life-Saving Technologies for Heart and Lungs

No one is more proud than us at CTVS when our physicians share their expertise and skills beyond our practice to improve the health and well-being of so many others. Dr. Jonathan Yang, one of our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons, serves as surgical director of the advanced heart failure program at Heart Hospital of Austin  where he will help oversee the VAD/ECMO program. Dr. Yang has a special interest in advanced life-saving technologies and procedures such as mechanical circulatory support (VAD and ECMO), heart transplantation, and aortic surgery. We are fortunate in Central Texas to have a handful of facilities that [...]

October 6th, 2020|News|

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 the Society for Vascular Surgery.  September is PAD Awareness Month. Did you know this condition can cause serious issues like stroke and loss of limbs if left untreated? In addition to leg pain or wounds that don’t heal, other indicators of PAD may include: Painful [...]

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 recovery could be quite damaging. The study monitored the cardiovascular health of 100 patients who contracted the virus and subsequently recovered from it. Via Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging evaluation of these patients, it was discovered that the cardiac effects following COVID-19 may be: Long-lasting Hard [...]

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 AFib are the Maze (performed during open heart surgery or a minimally invasive approach) and Convergent Ablation Procedures. A third option is ablation during minimally invasive valve surgery. CTVS board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Faraz Kerendi says that treatments are effective, but the severity of your [...]

August 17th, 2020|News|