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

May 21, 2019/By Tom C. Nguyen, MD, and Alexander P. Nissen, MD
How Does Extra Weight Affect Heart Surgery?

The prevalence of obesity continues to climb nationwide, as does the prevalence of heart disease requiring surgery. 

April 9, 2019/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. 

March 25, 2019/By Todd K. Rosengart, MD
Six Common Myths about Heart Surgery

Through the years, I’ve had patients come to me with facts, figures, and concerns that they have gathered from the internet or heard from friends and family. 

February 28, 2019/By Amy E. Hackmann, MD
Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a group of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as high fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion.  

December 19, 2018/By Mara Antonoff, MD, FACS
Questions That I Wish My Lung Surgery Patients Would Ask Me

During the surgeon-patient visit, there are numerous goals that need to be accomplished. 

November 12, 2018/By Tom Murphy
A Family’s Unexpected Journey with Lung Cancer

On November 28, 1995, my journey with lung cancer started.

October 29, 2018/By Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH, and Reza J. Mehran, MD
What Is Enhanced Recovery in Thoracic Surgery, and Why Should It Matter to Patients?

Surgery is psychologically and physically stressful for patients, especially when it relates to a cancer diagnosis. 

October 10, 2018/By Madeline Graf, MS, LCGC
Is My Heart Disease Hereditary?

We hear a lot nowadays about genetics in popular culture, from discovering your ancestry, to learning about your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, to finding out if you have a genetic predisposition for cancer.

September 12, 2018/By Carin Andersen
Thriving, Not Just Surviving Aortic Dissection

January 29, 2015, was the day Carin 2.0 was born.

July 27, 2018/By Mara Antonoff, MD, FACS
You’ve Had Lung Cancer Surgery: Now What?
You’ve had lung cancer surgery, and you’re well on the road to recovery.

June 25, 2018/By V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA, FACS
What is a Heart Team Approach to Heart Disease?

For decades, medical care in America has been about going to see “the doctor” for a specific problem. 

May 21, 2018/By Leah M. Backhus, MD, MPH, FACS
What Patients Should Know About Life After Lung Cancer Surgery

Once you and your doctor have decided that surgery will be a part of your treatment plan for lung cancer, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for things to come.  

May 2, 2018/By Robbin G. Cohen, MD, MMM
TAVR: Are You a Candidate?

By now, almost everyone in need of aortic valve surgery has heard of TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). 

April 13, 2018/By V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA, FACS
What’s the Difference Between a Cardiologist and a Cardiac Surgeon? Aren’t They Both Heart Doctors?

Almost all of my encounters with new patients begin with the patient’s history and physical. 

March 27, 2018/By Mark K. Ferguson, MD
How Does Frailty Affect People Who Are Candidates for Surgery?

Frailty is a term that many people understand intuitively, but this term has specific meaning when people are considering major surgery.

March 9, 2018/By Brendon M. Stiles, MD, FACS
Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

People often use the expression, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” 

February 21, 2018/By Rishindra M. Reddy, MD
Why Surgery and Smoking Don’t Mix!

Having worked in clinical medicine for 20 years, I have witnessed a shift in the understanding of how smoking impacts recovery and treatment from different diseases, especially after surgery.

February 1, 2018/By Mara Antonoff, MD, FACS, and Leah Backhus, MD, FACS
How We Balance Motherhood and Cardiothoracic Surgery

In recent years, women have gradually made up greater proportions of medical school classes, with most medical schools in the United States currently fairly balanced between male and female students.

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