Common Diagnostic Tests - This page contains brief descriptions of many of the diagnostic tests that you are likely to undergo when being evaluated by your physician.
What to Expect After Heart Surgery - This guide is presented by STS to help answer some questions that patients and their families often ask after heart surgery or, sometimes, before their surgery so that they are better prepared for recovery. Remember: If your physician's instructions differ in any way from those listed here, always follow your own physician's specific instructions.
These smoking cessations materials are also available for FREE below:
Choosing Wisely and Sharecare
On February 21, 2013, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) released a list of specific tests and procedures that are commonly ordered, but not always necessary in cardiothoracic surgery.
The list is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation that identifies targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary. Click here to read more.
As part of the Choosing Wisely initiative, STS, the ABIM foundation, and Consumer Reports have collaborated to produce several free patient brochures:
- Tests Before Heart Surgery
- Heart Stress Tests Before Chest Surgery
- Echocardiography After Surgery to Replace a Heart Valve
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons also partners with Sharecare, a website developed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold as a “home for your health.”
Sharecare experts include physicians and health professionals from all over the country, so users can find the health answers, advice and resources that are right for them - and right nearby – through articles, videos, blogs, programs and assessments.
Visit the STS page on Sharecare to learn more.
Website Image Credit
This website contains images from the following resources:
- Abbott Vascular
- Amanda Adey
- The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
- Baylor Health Care
- Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH (Mayo Clinic)
- Steven P. Goldberg, MD
- Medtronic, Inc.
- National Cancer Institute
- National Insitutes of Health
- Keith S. Naunheim, MD (St. Louis University)
- Darshan Reddy, MD (Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine)
- St. Jude Medical
- University of Cincinatti
- The University of Texas Southwestern
- Yale University
- The Zamudio Family