Young ICU Nurse’s Journey from Murmur Discovery to Heart Surgery

35-year-old Tamara Fort is an ICU nurse and what many would consider the epitome of good health.  She lifts weights three to four times a week and watches her nutrition closely.  She isn’t someone you would consider to be at risk for heart disease. But for the past two years, she experienced shortness of breath, [...]

Dr. Stephen Dewan Named 2023 TCMS Physician of the Year

CTVS is proud to announce that Dr. Stephen J. Dewan has been honored as this year’s Travis County Medical Society Physician of the Year for 2023. The Travis County Medical Society (TCMS) is a professional society of more than 4,000 physician members in and around Austin who are dedicated to causes affecting the local medical [...]

By |December 15th, 2023|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 [...]

By |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 [...]

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 [...]

By |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 [...]

By |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 [...]

By |August 22nd, 2023|News|

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 [...]

CTVS Celebrates 65 Years Serving Central Texas Community

We’re excited to announce a significant milestone at CTVS – our 65th anniversary!  We are the longest-standing cardiothoracic and vascular group of specialists in Central Texas.  We have had the privilege of treating the most complex cardiac, thoracic, and vascular conditions for people living in Travis, Hays, Williamson and the surrounding 10 county area. And [...]

By |July 19th, 2023|News|

Men, Heart Disease and Bypass Surgery

Did you know that the leading cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease? Heart disease, or coronary artery disease, is most commonly diagnosed when the arteries that carry blood to the heart become blocked, resulting in serious conditions such as a heart attack. As June is Men’s Health Month, CTVS [...]

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