The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center supports the work of cardiothoracic surgeons who diagnose and treat patients with diseases affecting organs and structures within the chest. These doctors are assisted by physician assistants who also have special training in caring for cardiothoracic surgery patients.
CMHVI's cardiothoracic surgeons generally treat problems of the heart, lungs, and major arteries and veins. One of CHMVI's cardiothoracic surgeons is also an expert in the surgical treatment of varicose veins.
Cardiothoracic surgeons may be best known as specialists in open-heart surgery, but they perform numerous other surgical procedures addressing problems ranging from lung cancer to esophageal disorders to heart valve defects. One of CMHVI's cardiothoracic surgeons has years of experience in minimally-invasive valvular surgery.
The cardiothoracic surgeons at CMHVI are trained to provide surgical treatment for an array of conditions, including:
- aneurysms of the large arteries in the chest
- arterial blockages, including the carotid arteries, arteries in the heart, and arteries of the legs
- atrial fibrillation
- blocked or leaky heart valves
- cancer of the esophagus
- coronary artery disease
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- heart failure
- hiatal hernias
- hyperhidrosis, excess sweating of the upper extremity
- lung cancer and lung nodules
- severe emphysema
- swallowing disorders such as achalasia
- varicose veins
- venous ulcers