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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz

Thoracic Surgery
Vincennes, IN
40 years experience male

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55 y/o ABTS certified, 18 years experience in cardiac vascular thoracic surgery. Past 12 years solo practice in Indiana.

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Thoracic Surgery

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434 Answers
348 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
50%: A non calcified lung nodule has a 50%risk of being cancer.Diagnosis of cancer is made by pathologist on a microscopic slide of a significant biopsy si... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Patient specific: You have all these questions about your vp shunt. Your neurosurgeon can tell you exactly how he did yours and all questions you may have about the sp... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Coronary angiogram: Obtain coronary angiogram. Stress testshave about 20%false negative. Go see an interventional cardiologist.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Event recorder: Supraventricular tachycardias are fairly common in young adults. This can cause similar symptoms. To know if that is the case, you need to have an eve... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: Early on there may not be many symptoms. A potentially fatal tension pneumothorax will definitely be symptomatic. Spontaneous pneumothorax usually res... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Low dose CTchest: For the next 10 years your risk of lung cancer is higher than for a non smoker. I advise to save your money and pay for your own low dose screening ct... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
MRA/CTA: If you are so concerned about a cerebral artery aneurysm, just cut to the chase, get a mra /cta brain circle of willis and know for a fact if you do h... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
What kind?: Which type of cardiac surgery you are referring to? Repair of av canal, transposition, tetralogy, tapvr, erbs , tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic left he... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Still today, about 50% of people still die on first heart attack. Early diagnosis and inmediate coronary revascularization, chemical/interventional is... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes,depends stage: Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
NO.: Aortic valve replacement in a patient with a bicuspid aortic valve may require repair of an ascending aortic aneurysm if present. Although valves are ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A heart transplant surgeon has to be a heart surgeon before doing heart, heart lung and lung transplants. To be a heart surgeon you train 2 or 3 years... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Anoxic or hypoxic brain injury may lead to prolongued mechanical ventillatory support. Usually patients in that situation require a tracheostomy and a... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Unique: The actual survival of a particular individual is unique to that particular person. Statistics are based on outcomes on people with similar staging an... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Size?: If you dont have cat scratch disease or any point of entry on skin like a skin puncture on the hand or any part below the antecubital fossa then the c... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Definitely: If it can be repaired with an endovascular approach. It is desirable to close a left to right shunt at the atrial level. Have to make sure is a true p... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Neurosurgeon: The neurosurgeon that implanted your shunt can take care of all the problems you may have with it.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: It has been possible for several years thanks to the discovery of Cyclosporine and pioneering efforts of dr.Bruce reitz of stanford u. And dr. Joel co... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: There a several muscles in the neck. It would help me to know which one or ones you are talking about to be more precise. It all depends on what was ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
LAS: Lung allocation score. Your transplant center will evaluate and assign you a lung allocation score and depending on that priorities are assigned. Your... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Cardiac Surgeon: Ask your cardiac surgeon. Without actually examining your daughter nobody can especulate a diagnosis.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Infection mediastin: Infection in the mediastinum. When caused by perforated oesophagus usually fatal ifoesophagus not repaired and space drained and IV antibiotics within... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Same: Same arteriopathy different location.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Occurs: It happens al the time, that is why cardiac enzymes are measured in the blood. Subendocardial infarcts which are the most common, may present with nor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Location?: Where is this aneurysm located? Which artery?
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
A Lung nodule: Depending on risk factors, a lung nodule may have higher than 50% risk of being malignant. The diagnosis of cancer can only be made by a pathologist u... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Focal pain: Focal pain, often sharp, lancinating.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Unless she suffered an anaphyllactic reaction, the underlying reason for which Cipro (ciprofloxacin) was given could be a triggering factor. Heart att... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Asthma/COPD: Air trapping disease may be associated to barrel chest.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Mild pectus: Mild sternal depression.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Depends on heart rate, cardiac output, ejection fraction, blood pressure and other comorbidities. The cardiologist taking care of the particular patie... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: In average about 70% 5 year survival..
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Which type of tissue: If your original lasted 65years you should be older than 40years old. Need to clarify.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Resection: Resectional therapy in early stages with or without adjuvant chemotherapy with w/o radiation. Chance to resect chance to cure. Staging determines chan... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
CTA,MRAngio: The gold standard to diagnose a-v malformations and vascular anomalies is an angiogram. This may be a ctangio, mrangio or selective digital substracti... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on location: Ifrarenal aorta 5cm or increase of 0.5cm or more over 6mo once twice native aorta. 6cm for ascending aorta or >=4.5 cm with bicuspid aortic valve or ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Tobacco: Tobacco smoking, chewing, scalding food, barret's oesophagus, chemical burns to include some.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Depends on location, and depth of penetration of the stab wound. The question is too unspecific to give a precise answer.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Air trapping: Means you have air trapping disease. The degree and severity of it can be determined by a complete pulmonary function test, the fef25-75, fev1, dlco, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Where is it?: Regardles of location, repair and cardiovascular risk control is the treatment. An aneurysm is a dilatation of a blood vessel to the point that it may... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Good: Overall about 70% 5 year survival. 2 year survival about 80%. Of the ones that survive 5 yrs about half survive to 10yrs.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Normal ejection fraction is over 50%. It will vary with the preload, rythm and state of contractility.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Some are serious.: Yes have it chequed, specially if frequent. You may need an event recorder to tell exactly the nature and frequency of the palpitation.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Angiogram: A coronary anatomy lesion MAP based on angiographic findings.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
All related: Ischemic heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease. Some people call coronary artery disease coronary heart disease. When a coronary artery c... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Fiber: Constipation forces straining to deliver stool. This increases the intraabdominal venous pressure and hemorrhoidal venous plexus pressure thus causing... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
ECHO: If it was a small muscular type of ventricular septal defect usually are asymptomatic and spontaneously close with time. An echocardiogram or transeso... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: What you feel depends on what is causing the effusion to begin with. An effusion may occur because of cardiac, pulmonary or pleural problems. The main... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Stage & Type: Long term prognosis depends on stage at time of diagnosis. 2 major groups small cell and non small cell. Five year survival poor for stage iii and iv.... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the ... Read More
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Nov 26, 2013
I know Dr. Matos-Cruz personally. Worked with him for several years. If you have thoracic surgical issues, he's the one you you want on your case! He's compassionate, knowledgeable, and (perhaps not ...Read More
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
May 6, 2014
Very timely and accurate responses.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much for a clear explanation- you were exactly right!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Just learned I have I.P.F.@ 61 and wanted to know my possible life expectancy.
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Having shortness of breath chest pain n numbness in left arm have highblood pressure what does this mean

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PR
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Evansville, IN - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Evansville, IN - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Evansville, IN - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
AMA
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