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From the first moment you step into our office, our staff members are focused on serving you with the highest quality healthcare. We distinguish ourselves with superior service, dedicating our attention to your healthcare needs. We believe you should never be forced to sacrifice service for a healthcare provider’s expertise. At Karing Hearts Cardiology, we believe service separates our practice from our competitors while simultaneously providing you with the highest quality healthcare.

We not only provide excellent healthcare, but we speak in plain, easy-to-understand language. After all, your healthcare shouldn’t be a mystery.

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Our mission at Karing Hearts Cardiology is to provide our patients with the highest quality care and service, centered within an environment that promotes respect, courtesy and faith.

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an invasive heart procedure where an ultrasound probe is inserted into your esophagus (food pipe). A transesophageal echocardiogram allows your cardiologist to acquire detailed pictures pertaining to the structure, function and any valvular heart disease that many be present. This procedure demonstrates your cardiac function in much greater detail than a standard transthoracic echocardiogram.

Prior to your procedure, you should not have any food or drink for 8-12 hours. In most cases, you will be able to take your home medications as scheduled. Your cardiologist / healthcare provider will advise you if there are any requirements to alter your medication schedule. Prior to your transesophageal echocardiogram, the technologist will insert an IV in your arm as a safety precaution to begin the test. This will allow sedation to be given to make you more comfortable during your procedure. During your procedure, you will be required to lie flat for approximately 30 minutes while the test is being completed. After your transesophageal echocardiogram, you will need to refrain from driving for approximately 12 hours and will need someone to accompany you home after the procedure. You can return to your normal activities the morning after your procedure.