Episode 4: The Role of a Cardiothoracic Surgeon

The Right Way to Care with Kevin O'Connell

Dr. Stephen Downing Discusses The Role of a Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Western New York has one of the highest incidence rates of stroke, heart attack, and general vascular problems when compared to the rest of the nation. 

Dr. Stephen Downing, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Mercy Hospital, spent time with our Chief of Community Connections, Kevin O’Connell, discussing exactly why that is, and which lifestyle factors residents of the Buffalo/Niagara region have control over that could improve their overall health risk.

Learn more today about the interventional procedures performed by the physicians at the Heart Center at Mercy Hospital

It’s genetics, diet, and health habits. Smoking is still high, consumption of fatty foods is still high. If you still smoke, I tell people it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire if you’ve got blockages in your coronaries. 

When I see patients, we always talk about improving their diet, and trying not to smoke – that’s the biggest preventable accelerant. 

Stephen Downing, MD

Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

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