Karing for you, one heart at a time.

Five days of blessings

Five days of blessings

05/30/2022 to 06/03/2022

What an honor and a privilege to be able to place 51 pacemakers to people with Chagas disease that otherwise would have no means to obtain one in Bolivia due to poverty. It is incredible to take part of impacting lives of each individual patient and their families. Lives were extended and in return showers of gratitude given by each person that received this life saving device. 

All that were involved worked so hard and in unison to make this beautiful project successful. Paz Echad is thankful to the hospital and administrators that allowed us to have access to do the procedures. Also, all the physicians, nurses, technicians, housekeeping crew that showed strong work ethic and compassion. Thank you to Dr. Schoondyke and Julie Bentley to believe in this project and to open their hearts to travel to another country with a different culture and language. What an impact you have made, and we are eternally grateful.

Lastly and most importantly Paz Echad thanks God for giving us the opportunity to serve and be a blessing to others.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
Proverbs: 19:17


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.