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Day of Discharge Does Not Influence Heart Surgery Patient Readmissions

Despite a common belief that weekend and holiday discharge after major heart surgery may impact hospital readmissions, research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery showed that day of discharge does not affect readmissions.
8-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Leading Heart Surgery Societies Call for Improved Strategies to Treat Rheumatic Heart Disease

Experts from the world’s major heart surgery organizations—including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), and the...
30-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Specialized Approach to Open Heart Surgery Saves Lives

Patients who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)—the most common heart surgery performed—may live longer and experience fewer complications when under the care of a highly focused surgical team that uses simplified and standardized...
23-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Earlier Intervention for Mitral Valve Disease May Lead to Improved Outcomes

The number of patients undergoing mitral valve operations are at an all-time high, and new research suggests that many patients don’t undergo surgical intervention until it’s too late to completely reverse damage caused by mitral valve disease.
17-Jul-2018 11:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Sen. Lamar Alexander Honored for Championing Critical Health Care Issues

US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) received the Legislator of the Year Award from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Tuesday afternoon, celebrating his firm commitment to issues impacting cardiothoracic surgeons and their patients.
12-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Simple Walking Test Helps Predict Risk for Cognitive Issues After Heart Surgery

The distance a patient can walk in 6-minutes before a heart operation may be a clue to whether that patient will develop problems with memory, concentration, and attention after the procedure.
4-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

“Did you smoke?” Few questions engender such anger and annoyance in patients as that one, particularly in the 10%-20% of lung cancer patients who are “never smokers.” Read “Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer”—the latest blog...
8-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


How We Balance Motherhood and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Just ahead of National Women Physicians Day on February 3, STS celebrates two of its member surgeons, Drs. Mara Antonoff and Leah Backhus, and their story of balancing the tough job of being mothers and their “day jobs” as cardiothoracic...
1-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Media Advisory: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is today releasing a draft recommendation for using low-dose computed tomography (CT) to screen those at high risk for lung cancer. The recommendations will be posted on the USPSTF website at 5 p.m....
29-Jul-2013 3:00 PM EDT

STS Applauds US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening - President Doug Wood, MD available for interviews

29-Jul-2013 5:00 PM EDT

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Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,500 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society's mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research and advocacy.

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is the official journal of STS and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.


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