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What you should know about the holidays and heart attacks

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. That number is often said to spike during the holidays. While the holidays are a fun and festive time, they can also wreak havoc on your health. In fact, research shows that the most likely days someone is bound to suffer a fatal [...]

By |December 16th, 2022|General Health, News|

Feeling Thankful with Our Patient Freddie Martinez

As Thanksgiving approaches and we reflect on what we are grateful for at CTVS, seeing our patients thrive is definitely at the top of our list. 67-year-old Freddie Martinez is one of those patients. He has been under the care of board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. William Kessler since 2011 when he underwent emergency surgery for [...]

Does air pollution cause lung cancer?

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month when CTVS is committed to raising awareness about this serious, life-threatening disease. We also want to take a closer look at ways to both prevent and effectively treat it. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer, but the first leading [...]

By |November 8th, 2022|Lung Cancer, News|

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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