Dr. Jeffrey Morgan is a cardiothoracic surgeon from Texas, USA, and specializes in left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and heart transplantation. He understands that some patients may not fully understand the scope of his practice and what conditions are treatable through surgery. As an academic surgeon, he is well versed in education and believes that patient education is critical to long-term health. He takes the time to outline a few of the most common reasons for needing cardiac surgery.

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Surgery Time

Both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery times vary tremendously depending on the condition being treated, the patient’s health status (including age, sex, comorbidities), as well as the resources available. In developed countries, newer technologies and biomedical advances have allowed for operating times to be decreased significantly. For Dr. …


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Cardiology is the study of diseases and disorders that have to do with the heart, and other aspects of the circulatory system. Cardiology derives its name from the Greek words kardia-meaning to do with the heart, and logia-meaning the study of, while cardiologists are physicians that practice cardiology. Their scope of practice is specialized to diseases and processes that affect heart health and cause disease, such as heart attacks, heart failure, peripheral vascular diseases, and valvular heart disease. Dr. Jeffrey Morgan is a cardiothoracic surgeon from Texas, where he works as the team lead for Transplantation and Mechanical Circulation at the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. …


With an aging population along with advances in biomedical sciences, patients with heart diseases that require valve replacements can get them quicker, and more efficiently than ever before. Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has seen the changes in the field throughout the past 2 decades. He specializes in left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), as well as heart transplantation, and has led a team at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine since 2016 in transplantation and mechanical circulation.

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Heart Valve Replacement

The human heart has 4 main valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, bicuspid, and aortic valves. They are responsible for controlling the flow of blood throughout the heart and help divide the heart into its 4 chambers (both left and right atria and ventricles). Valve replacements are done to help treat a variety of medical conditions, usually a regurgitation or stenosis. A regurgitation can be caused by leaky valves, or ones that have become incompetent, allowing blood to flow in the opposite direction it should be, often causing increased pressure and strain on the heart. On the other hand, stenosis is due to stiffening, or narrowing of the valves, which decreases the amount of blood flow, consequently increasing the pressure in the heart chambers directly before the valve. Valve issues can arise due to congenital defects (present from birth) or can be acquired due to an illness (ex. rheumatic heart disease), as well as due to aging (ex. …


When it comes to vital organs in the body, the heart ranks among the top in the list. If it’s not functioning properly, it can lead to a range of serious medical problems or death if not treated by an expert.

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Add to that the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and it’s no wonder that some general surgeons decide to become heart surgery specialists like Dr. Jeffrey Morgan to try to save more lives.

However, becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon that focuses on organs in the chest cavity is no easy road. …


So, you want to be a cardiothoracic surgeon like Dr. Jeffrey Morgan? Or, perhaps you’re just curious what a heart surgeon experiences on a daily basis.

Two words might help sum it up: grueling and rewarding.

These types of surgeons deal with problems in the chest cavity involving the heart and lungs, and there’s no shortage of work — hundreds of thousands of various heart procedures are performed every year in the U.S.

However, despite the stress and long hours, these types of specialists literally save lives on a regular basis. …


When most people hear the words “open heart surgery,” it probably strikes fear into their… well, heart. While it’s true that open-heart surgery is still a major procedure not to be taken lightly, it’s probably a lot safer than you assume. Cardio Thoracic Surgeon; Dr. Jeffrey Morgan of Houston, Texas discusses the limitations.

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If the only question you have is whether you’ll die during open-heart surgery, then keep in mind a study that shows a less than 3 per cent in-hospital mortality rate. However, there are some risks beyond the surgery as well.

There could be a variety of procedures that require open-heart surgery, ranging from heart transplants and left ventricle assist devices, which are both specialties of Dr. Jeffrey Morgan. There are also bypass surgeries and others that require skilled surgeons to access your chest cavity. …


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For many people pursuing a career, there comes a time when they face an all too familiar dilemma: there just doesn’t seem to be any time left for a personal life. Does that sound familiar? Do you find yourself putting in extra hours at work, taking work calls after hours at home, and having that nagging feeling that your life is missing something?

The problem here is that you, like many other career-driven people, can’t strike that precious balance between your work and family life. Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, a well-known cardiothoracic surgeon knows firsthand the responsibilities of a busy person juggling work and family life. Dr. …


For a muscle that is the center of your cardiovascular system, the heart’s role in your overall health cannot be overstated. As is the case with any other muscle in your body, nature’s law of use it or lose it applies perfectly to your heart. In other words, to keep your heart at optimal health, you need to exercise.

Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in heart transplants and left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) recommends a weekly regimen of moderate-intensity exercise that totals 150 minutes. This can be broken down to roughly 30 minutes a day, five days a week. …


Healthy eating is one of those buzzwords that generate so much attention, analysis, and advice in the media. So much so that eventually the real purpose of eating a healthy diet has become an overwhelming and confusing concept for many people. In reality, though, healthy eating is all about getting more energy from your food, boosting your mood, and enjoying better health both physically and mentally.

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Eating the right food can do all that for you without having to deprive yourself or deny yourself the joys of certain foods. Dr. Jeffrey Morgan the cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in heart transplants and left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) stresses the importance of a balanced diet, not just for the benefit of the heart but also for a healthy and happy life overall. Below are Dr. …


It is well known that early detection is the key to achieving the best results when treating heart conditions. Thankfully, new technological advancements allow cardiologists to not only detect but put into action a treatment plan that is best suited for their patient’s individual needs. Currently, 1 in every 4 deaths each year in the US is due to heart disease. This is approximately 630,000 Americans who die annually due to heart disease. With these new technologies such as the low-dose CT scan that examines the structure of your heart, how it’s functioning and detects for the early stages of coronary artery disease doctors can get a step ahead and thus save more lives. Today, we talked with Dr. …

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Dr. Jeffrey Morgan

Professor of Surgery & Surgical Development of the Advanced Heart Failure Center of Excellence at Baylor College of Medicine

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