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A Stroke and A Song

While stroke is a serious and potentially deadly condition, a Central Texas man is using humor and songwriting as part of his healing process. On November 9, 2021, Chuck King was working as an insurance agent and speaking to one of his coworkers, when suddenly his right side went numb. Knowing something felt off, he [...]

Dr. Neely Travels to Kenya for “Every Heartbeat Matters”

We are always extremely proud of our CTVS physicians when they volunteer their surgical skills and help those in need. One of our board certified cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Robert Neely, and CTVS Surgical Tech Theresa Vela, recently returned from such an endeavor in Kenya providing cardiac surgical care and training. They traveled there through their [...]

By |April 26th, 2023|News|

How can walking help with Peripheral Artery Disease?

As the weather is warming up now, it’s a great time to get outside for a walk. Walking is an excellent form of exercise, especially if you are one of the estimated eight to ten million Americans who are living with Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. PAD is a condition caused by the narrowing of [...]

By |March 22nd, 2023|News, PAD|

What is Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement, or TMVR?

The mitral valve is a small but very important element of the heart that helps to ensure blood is flowing in the correct direction throughout the body.  If it becomes damaged or weakened, due to conditions such as regurgitation (a leaky valve) or stenosis (a narrowed valve), it may need to be replaced. Transcatheter mitral [...]

A Peek Into the CTVS Operating Room

During a surgery in the operating room (OR), everyone has a clearly defined role as to what their unique contributions will be for the procedure. The surgical team is made up of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, a variety of technicians, physician assistants (PA), and sometimes medical residents or students who all work in harmony to ensure [...]

By |October 19th, 2022|Latest News, News|

How are Diabetes, PAD and Foot Ulcers Related?

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, Peripheral Artery Disease (or PAD) is a chronic circulatory condition that affects up to 10 million Americans.  September is PAD Awareness Month and CTVS aims to educate people about this condition in hopes of driving those numbers down. PAD can be a serious condition that causes narrowing of [...]

By |September 21st, 2022|News, PAD|

Pectus Excavatum Symptoms and Treatment

Board-certified thoracic surgeon, Dr. Rachel Medbery, treats a condition known as pectus excavatum, a chest wall deformity that causes a person’s breastbone to sink inward. It’s also referred to ‘funnel chest’ and is more common in boys than girls. Pectus deformities are the most common chest wall defect and occur in approximately 1 of every 150-1,000 [...]

CTVS Brings Cutting Edge Device to Central Texas

CTVS board certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey McNeil was recently the first surgeon in Austin and Central Texas to repair a complex thoracic aneurysm with a new FDA-approved device. This was the patient’s second lifesaving aortic procedure performed by a CTVS surgeon. The first procedure was an emergency lifesaving surgery for an acute type A dissection, which [...]

By |September 8th, 2022|Latest News, News|

Stroke Procedure Restores Man’s Ability to See Color

In the United States, someone suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds while someone dies every three to four minutes. Yet, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. CTVS vascular surgeons are using a newer, less invasive procedure,  TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR), that can help prevent a stroke in patients with a known carotid artery [...]

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