5 Simple Steps to Improve Cardiovascular Health

If you could follow five simple steps to help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease in 2022, would you? Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with approximately one person succumbing to it every 26 seconds. Heart disease, if left untreated, can lead to serious, and even fatal, conditions such as PAD (peripheral artery disease), heart attack and stroke. Vowing to better your overall health for this new year is a great resolution but resolving to improve your heart health specifically is an even better lifetime resolution. [...]

January 10th, 2022|News|

CTVS Physicians Recognized as Top Doctors by Austin Monthly

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) is proud to recognize our physicians that have been named to Austin Monthly magazine’s list of Austin Top Doctors 2022. Please join us in congratulating our “Top Doctors” in Travis, Williamson, and Hays Counties. Cardiothoracic Surgery  Stephen Dewan, M.D. Mark Felger, M.D. William Kessler, M.D. Faraz Kerendi, M.D. W. Chance Conner, M.D. Robert Neely, M.D. Brendan Dewan, M.D. Vascular Surgery Phillip Church, M.D. John Politz, M.D. Jeffrey Jobe, M.D. Stephen Settle, M.D. Joe Wells III, M.D. Scott Seidel, M.D. Jeffrey Apple, M.D. Mazin Foteh, M.D. Ryan Turley, M.D. Top Doctors are selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. through peer [...]

January 4th, 2022|News|

Treating Diabetes Complications and Preventing Amputation

Diabetes on its own is a challenging condition to manage which requires you to constantly monitor your diet and keep blood sugar and insulin levels in a good range. Patients with diabetes are also at increased risk for a variety of other medical complications, such as peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Both of these conditions can have serious adverse effects on the lower extremities (legs and feet), which can potentially lead to amputation if they are not treated properly. Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can develop with chronic high blood sugar levels. Neuropathy can [...]

December 15th, 2021|News|

Announcing our 2021 Super Doctors®

At Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS),  we are always honored to receive praise from our peers throughout the local medical community. It is an even greater privilege to be recognized alongside outstanding medical professionals from across the state. Each year, CTVS has several physicians named as a Texas Monthly Super Doctors®.  Our CTVS Texas Monthly Super Doctors for 2021 are: Cardiothoracic Surgeons Stephen J. Dewan, MD Mark C. Felger, MD William F. Kessler, MD Hunter Q. Kirkland, MD Faraz Kerendi, MD Eric M. Hoenicke, MD Brannon R. Hyde, MD  Vascular Surgeons Phillip J. Church, MD John K. Politz, MD Jeffrey S. Jobe, MD [...]

December 6th, 2021|News|

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|
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