Announcing CTVS Texas Monthly Super Doctors for 2023

At this time of year we reflect on all that we are grateful for as a practice, and among those are always the accolades we receive from our medical peers and the patients who we serve. To that end, once again, CTVS is proud to announce that several of our physicians have been named as 2023 Super Doctors and Super Doctors Rising Stars in Texas Monthly. Super Doctors are chosen each year from across the state and a variety of medical specialties by MSP Communication via a lengthy assessment of peer reviews, patient feedback, and professional achievement. This year’s Texas [...]

December 8th, 2023|Latest News|

Athletes and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition our board certified vascular surgeons often see at the start of the new year when people are eager to get in shape and work out more. It is not uncommon, however, that we see this serious condition all year round in dedicated athletes. TOS can occur when the blood vessels and nerves in between the collarbone and upper ribs (or thoracic outlet) become compressed or irritated. This sudden compression may cause acute pain, numbness, or tingling through the neck, shoulders, arms, and fingers. It typically results from unexpected physical trauma, such as whiplash, [...]

December 6th, 2023|News|

World Stroke Day: What you Should Know About Stroke Risk Factors

According to the CDC, every 40 seconds someone suffers from a stroke in the United States.  Unfortunately, nearly every four seconds, someone also dies from one. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing parts of the body to rapidly weaken and/or stop functioning. At CTVS, stroke awareness and prevention is an important mission for us, as we want all of our patients and families to avoid this potentially life-threatening situation at all costs. In honor of World Stroke Day on October 29th our team of board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons is sharing a quick look [...]

October 16th, 2023|News, Vascular Surgery|

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 [...]

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