Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz

Thoracic Surgery
Vincennes, IN
41 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
ECHO/CATH.: Need to dtermine the type, (secundum, primum, sinus venosus, unroofed coronary sinus, patent foramen ovale) the shunt fraction, is there pulmonary hyp... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Depending on the extent, location , coronary territory involved, coronary rupture or not, acute thrombosis or not, able to correct or not.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Treat: Once you doctor diagnoses you to have tuberculosis, it is to be treated as per cdc recomendations.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Diagnosis?: Erectile dysfunction may be psychogenic, vasculogenic, neurogenic or combined. Also tumor mass in rectum, pelvis, prostate may induce erectile dysfunc... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Several: Critical calcific aortic stenosis, severe aortic insufficiency, severe mitral valve stenosis, severe mitral valve regurgitation, atrial fibrillation(m... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
If large: There are 4 basic types of vsd. If large defect and without associated right ventricular outflow obstruction, symptomatic early in life. Failure to th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: 1.Sternotomy, 2.Conduit harvest, 3.Full heparinization and institution of cardiopulmonary bypass, 4. With or without induction of cardioplegic arrest,... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
"Spots?": For a non calcified lung nodule, 50% risk of malignancy. Non neoplastic lesions are the pneumoconioses and grannulomatous lung disease, tuberculosis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
One is surgery .: Eecp is external counterpulsation therapy for patients with angina that can not undergo coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery requires a su... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
NO: These are 2 different problems. One is secondary to structural valve dysfunction( mitral valve prolapse), the other is a neurosis. For a neurosis you ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Consult your doc: Determine risk factors and treat them.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Arteriosclerosis: Cigarrette smoking accelerates the process of arteriosclerosis which in turn results in atheroma formation with its multiple consequences depending on... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Sometimes: If the shunt fraction was low, the child may grow and thrive without severe symptoms unless challenged physically by peers. Therefore unless an echoca... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Monoamino oxidase inhibitors, aged cheeses, decongestants, Cocaine and its derivatives to include some.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Pulmonologist: Must see a pulmonologist and obtain a flexible bronchoscopy to identify the bronchus from which the blood is comming and obtain a cat scan thorax with... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
High: Forced expiratory volume in one second. (fev1). Normals values are adjusted to age and body weight. Higher number better.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Fibrinolytic: Produces enzymatic cleavege of fibrin.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends on cause.: May be expected after repair of ventricular septal defect. Otherwise usually related to subendocardial injury on the right side of the interventricula... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Surgeon: There are several ways of draining a pericardial effusion. Your cardiothoracic surgeon can explain to you excactly how he/she is planning to drain it.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Surgery: This is a mechanical obstruction to the outflow tract of the left ventricle.Removal of the mechanical obstruction with a suitable replacement is the s... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Ask Surgeon: Ask your pediatric cardiac surgeon to explain about the particular possible complications for the particular type of vsd that your son's heart has or... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
As tolerated: Once surgical correction of the vsd, activity is as tolerated once the sternum has healed.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
8-0: With 8-0 polypropilene on a 130-150 micron needle.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Not Age STAGE: Depends on stage not age of the person. Consult your board certified thoracic surgeon or medical oncologist for advise.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Soft trachea: Softening of the trachea.The softening may allow the airway to collapse during expiration and perhaps mechanically interfere with the flow of air. Dep... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Unique to person: In many occations not painfull at all. Most common symptom is chest pressure, heavyness, oppresion, shortness of breath not "pain", sometimes indigest... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends on operation: Heart transplant; sternotomy, institution cardiopulmonary bypass bi caval cannulation after suitable replacement heart in room, clamp&transect aorta, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Event recorder: Some cardiac arrythmias can cause similar symptoms. A transient supraventricular tachycardia with accelerated ventricular response can sometimes cause... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Repair: Mitral valve repair when possible, can cure regurgitation and results in the best long term survival by preventing long term complications, preserving... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Chest wall: Advise event recorder. Most likely symptoms chest wall related. Where in your chest is the shooting sharp pain? Sometimes oesophageal spasms can caus... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Hopefully.: The degree of improvement will depend on valve gradient, valve area, ejection fraction, degree of ventricular dilatation, degree of pulmonary hyperten... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Depends on pre existing coronary artery insufficiency status, age, pre existing co morbidities, anemia, altitude, state of hydration, pulmonary status... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Can not: Oesophageal varices are enlarged submucosal veins that develop secondary to portal vein hypertension. Operations to decompress the portal vein system ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
NO.: A cat scan of the thorax is the best tool to identify small lung nodules. The diagnosis of cancer is made by a pathologist upon microscopic examinatio... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Ask cardiologist: Depends on severity and pre existing cardiac status as well as the size of the infarct as well as success and timing of coronary revascularization.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Call 911: If you are unexpectedly awakened by an oppressive sensation on your chest or inability to breathe, sudden shortness of breath at rest with cold sweats... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Advanced: The staging of lung cancer assigns a higher stage for mediastinal structure involvement and mediastinal lymph node involvement. Stage iii or iv. Media... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
AV canal: Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ve... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Your cardiologist, after he or she has done a cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography on you, will advise you regarding the need or not for s... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
One Triggers: If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a m... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Which Type?: Sinus venosus ASD requires surgical correction. Although rare a ostium primum ASD may have escaped diagnosis in a young adult and that also requires s... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: A great number of heart attacks can be sudden and fatal. The incidence of sudden death is higher with age, with organic heart disease and ejection fra... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Angina: Pre- infarcion unstable angina, accelerated angina, atypical angina, anginal equivalent, stable angina can all be experienced like that.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
ONE CAUSES THE OTHER: When a leaflet prolapses it causes varying degrees of regurgitation.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Good: Good outcomes depending on degree of excavatum and age of repair.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Excission: Excission is both diagnostic and therapeutic.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Incidence of lung cancers in non smokers is very low. The great majority of lung cancers are smoking related. In my own practice of over 900 lung canc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Done several, what is the question? If you need one done go see dr. Kirk kanter at emory university in atlanta ga.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
As long as it takes.: 4 types of asd. Primum asd, secundum asd, sinus venosus type asd, pfo. Also rare unroofed coronary sinus. Once cardioplegic arrest and atriotomy done,... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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