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Gus J. Vlahakes, MD, is an engineering and biochemistry graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. and M.S.in 1971. He received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 1975 and trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston. He completed a three-year cardiac physiology fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in cardiothoracic surgery, and surgical critical care.Dr. Vlahakes is a widely published expert on complex heart conditions. He is a founder of the MGH Heart Center and participated in its inception and organization. He has a clinical practice that includes complex cardiac surgery, often involving patients with unique problems referred from across the US and from overseas.
Dr. Vlahakes conducts research relevant to mitral valve physiology in heart failure and right heart function.
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Massachusetts General Hospital offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs. Without surgery, patients who have this life-threatening disease will likely develop progressive shortness of breath so severe that it leads to heart failure.
Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.
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