Dameron Hospital has partnered with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine to bring a new level of cardiac and thoracic treatment and technology to San Joaquin County.
This innovative program offers:
I have specialized in the safest and most minimally invasive approaches to heart and lung surgery because this is the kind of care I would want members of my own family to receive. I'm looking forward to leading Stanford's cardiac surgery program at Dameron.
- Dr. Eric Keyser, MD
Medical Director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Dameron Hospital and Stanford clinical assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronary artery disease is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. Certain risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes, can cause plaque to build up inside the coronary arteries, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart. If left untreated, the plaque can harden and rupture, creating blood clots that can limit blood flow and trigger angina, or chest discomfort. This pain typically starts in the chest and can move to other locations in the body, like the arms, jaw and back. When blood flow is cut off from the heart for an extended period of time, it can lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious health complications.
You may be at risk of developing heart and lung disease if you exhibit the following symptoms:
If any of these symptoms persist and you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.
Cardiothoracic surgery pertains to all organs in the thorax, such as the heart, lung, esophagus and other chest organs. Common cardiothoracic procedures include: