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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Sweating is normal, and it helps the body release heat and cool itself.  But some people sweat excessively, beyond warm temperatures and their environmental surroundings whether they are exerting energy or not. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may be the result of stress or a genetic factor and is triggered by the body’s sympathetic nervous system which can overstimulate the sweat glands. It most frequently affects the scalp, face, palms of hands, and soles of the feet. According to CTVS board-certified thoracic surgeon Dr. Matthew Gaudet, beyond the health issue, there can also be serious professional and social [...]

November 16th, 2021|News|

How AI Could Amp Up Lung Cancer Screenings

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a time when new advancements in diagnostics and treatments are often highlighted. Lung cancer is a common condition that our thoracic surgeons treat at CTVS. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S., with more than 131,000 lives lost annually. As with all types of cancer, the importance of screening those at high-risk for lung cancer, catching it early, and administering prompt treatment is vital. Under current recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, those at high-risk for lung cancer and who should undergo [...]

November 9th, 2021|News|

CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting) For Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S., affecting approximately 18.2 million adults over the age of 20. It is a condition in which arteries of the heart become narrowed or clogged due to plaque build-up. If left untreated, this restricted blood flow to the heart can lead to serious damage including heart attack and even death. Traditionally, CAD is treated with medication, stents placed inside the arteries, or bypass surgery. Historically, bypass surgery used veins or arteries from other parts of the body to reroute blood flow to the heart. Over time [...]

October 19th, 2021|News|

Heart of the Matter: Dr. Hunter Kirkland in Centennial Health Magazine

Courtesy Centennial Health, written by Elizabeth Millard Inflammation can cause problems throughout your entire body, and unfortunately, your cardiovascular system isn’t an exception. Certain conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can create an inflammatory response and that, in turn, can affect the heart by causing plaque buildup in the coronary arteries, says Hunter Kirkland, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in Austin, Texas. As that plaque increases, it decreases blood flow to the heart muscle, putting you at higher risk for a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke. “These conditions put stress on the arterial walls, [...]

October 7th, 2021|News|

Could energy drinks damage your heart?

Popular energy drinks are great at delivering that jolt of caffeine you may need to finish an intense workout or an all-nighter spent studying. But for some, they may not be so great for your heart. Research shows that consumption of these highly-caffeinated drinks can lead to a potentially serious heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation, or Afib, a type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) occurring in the upper chambers of the heart. If left untreated, Afib could cause heart palpitations, blood clots, stroke, and even heart failure in extreme cases. The American Heart Association estimates that at least 2.7 million [...]

September 22nd, 2021|News|

CTVS Welcomes Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Matthew A. Gaudet

Our CTVS family of physicians continues to expand in order to serve our growing community of patients in Austin and Central Texas. Last month, we were thrilled with the arrival of Dr. Nicolas Zea, and now this month, we are delighted to welcome board-certified thoracic surgeon Dr. Matthew A. Gaudet to our team. Dr. Gaudet joins us from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans where he practiced as a general thoracic and lung transplant surgeon and served as program director of the thoracic surgery residency. His interests include benign and malignant diseases of the lung, esophagus, diaphragm, chest wall and [...]

September 1st, 2021|News|

Honing In On Heart Valves: Repair and Replacement (part 2 of 2)

Heart valve issues such as regurgitation (where the valve doesn’t close tightly and leaks) or stenosis (narrowing) stemming from a congenital condition or damage due to age or a serious illness can require surgical repair or valve replacement. CTVS has spent more than 60 years treating heart valves and other cardiothoracic issues, and our board-certified experts can help guide you in deciphering the many valve repair and replacement options that are available today. In most cases, patients can be treated with surgical valve repair. Repairing the valve is often the preferred method if someone’s native valve is strong enough. If [...]

August 23rd, 2021|News|

CTVS Is First In Austin to Treat Aortic Valve Regurgitation with Innovative HAART Device

Several months ago, Helen Garrison was suffering from dizzy spells she initially attributed to side effects from a new medication. Diagnostic tests later revealed she had an ascending aortic aneurysm and a leaky aortic valve. An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge that forms in the wall of the heart’s most important blood vessel, the aorta. This bulge can cause a disruption in blood flow and lead to leaky valves and serious complications if not treated properly, most frequently via surgery.Helen was later referred to CTVS board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey McNeil to explore surgical options for treatment. He suggested that she [...]

August 16th, 2021|News|

CTVS Welcomes Vascular Surgeon Dr. Nicolas Zea

In keeping up with the demands of Central Texas' growing population and health needs, CTVS is excited to welcome board-certified vascular surgeon Nicolas Zea, MD, RPVI, FACS to our staff. For more than 60 years, CTVS has always taken pride in assembling a stellar team of cardiothoracic and vascular specialists, and we are thrilled with the new addition of Dr. Zea to our group and the amazing contributions he is sure to make. Dr. Zea joins CTVS from his most recent position with LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, where he was both in practice [...]

August 2nd, 2021|News|

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|