Welcome to the STS Blog!

The STS Blog offers a place for patients affected by heart, lung, and esophageal diseases to find the most current information related to cardiothoracic surgery.

The Blog will feature a wide variety of topics and discussions that address the questions most frequently asked by patients when they meet with cardiothoracic surgeons.

New blog entries will be added regularly, offering new topics and updated information.

Blog Articles

Blog Articles

February 13, 2020/By Lauren C. Kane, MD
Five Questions Parents Ask About Heart Defects
While there are some heart defects that are known to be associated with specific genetic syndromes, this is not always the case. 

February 3, 2020/By Mara Antonoff, MD, and Leah Backhus, MD, MPH
​How We Balance Motherhood and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Despite the challenges of being both mothers and CT surgeons, we firmly believe that carrying these two titles simultaneously is not only possible, but enormously rewarding.

January 30, 2020/By Amy E. Hackmann, MD
Flu Season: What You Need to Know
Just because you are young and healthy doesn’t mean you do not need to be concerned about the risk of the flu.

November 18, 2019/By Philip W. Carrott, MD
Think Twice About Vaping
Since vaping and e-cigarettes have become more popular over the last several years, many patients—particularly during conversations about quitting smoking—have asked me, “Is vaping okay?” or “Is vaping safe?” 

November 11, 2019/By Jennifer S. Nelson, MD, MS
Preparing for Your Child’s Heart Surgery: Life in the Cardiac ICU

When your child is in the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), many care providers will be involved both before and after surgery. This article will give you an idea about life in the CICU and the team members involved in your child’s care plan.

November 1, 2019/By Mara B. Antonoff, MD, FACS
Lung Cancer Prevention
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the US. 

September 18, 2019/By Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA
Reducing Opioids after Surgery Benefits Patients, Communities
Opioid medications (pills containing a narcotic) traditionally have been prescribed to treat pain after surgery. However, opioid use after surgery is associated with increased risk of opioid dependence. 

September 5, 2019/By James R. Edgerton, MD, FACC, FACS, FHRS
What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
Atrial fibrillation (Afib) affects millions of Americans from every walk of life.

August 23, 2019/By Brendon M. Stiles, MD
Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Underneath the seemingly simple question, “Should I be screened for lung cancer?,” lies a contentious debate.

July 16, 2019/By Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA
3D Models Help Cardiac Surgeons Prepare for Surgery

Cardiac surgeons can now use 3D modeling technology to simulate complex operations, making the seemingly impossible possible.

June 18, 2019/By Nestor Villamizar, MD, and Omar Marchant
What Is Recovery from Lung Cancer Surgery Really Like?
Multiple variables influence the way patients recover from lung cancer surgery—some variables relate to the patient; others relate to the surgery itself. 

2019 Blog Articles

2018 Blog Articles

2017 Blog Articles

2016 Blog Articles