August 19, 2020/By Dawn Hui, MD
How Heart Disease Is Different in Men and Women
Although the saying goes “men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” one thing both have in common is the #1 cause of death—cardiovascular disease.
May 20, 2020/By Raina Sinha, MD, MPH
How Is COVID-19 Affecting Congenital Heart Disease Patients?
Babies will be born regardless of the current state of “lockdown” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 13, 2020/By Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD
From Hospital to Home: Patient Communication During COVID-19
In this time of social distancing, communication between patients with cardiac disease and physicians has been transformed in an effort to decrease disease exposure.
April 10, 2020/By Matthew A. Steliga, MD
Smoking Increases Risk for COVID-19 Complications—So It’s a Great Time to Quit
It is well known that smoking results in worse outcomes in people with pneumonia or influenza, and we are learning that smoking can pose significant risks in those with COVID-19.
March 23, 2020/By Robbin G. Cohen, MD, and Elizabeth A. David, MD
How Will COVID-19 Impact My Upcoming Surgery?
If you or a loved one just had a scheduled cardiac or thoracic operation postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you are not alone.
March 16, 2020/By J. Robert Headrick, MD, MBA
Smoking and the Teenage Brain: What You Need to Know
When it comes to teens and the dangers of smoking, there’s a lot more to consider than just the increased risk of emphysema and lung cancer later in life.
March 4, 2020/By Mara B. Antonoff, MD, and Carla Patel, RN, ACNP-BC
Who Will Be Involved in My Care After Lung Surgery?
Getting to know these health care professionals and their specific roles may help you understand better what to expect during your inpatient stay and whom to ask for any questions that might arise.
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.
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.
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.
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.