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Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know

Varicose veins are an abnormal dilatation of the veins in your lower legs. Typically, you will notice large, rope-like veins with discoloration in their lower extremities. Learn more about varicose vein symptoms, treatments and prevention options!

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doctor checking patient's blood pressure

High Blood Pressure: Why It’s Important

Knowing your blood pressure is an easy first step in reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. By taking your blood pressure on a regular basis, you not only reduce your risk of chronic medical conditions, but you and your physician can manage your high blood pressure, commonly known as “the silent killer”.

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A doctor checking a patient's heart rate for atrial fibrillation.

What is AFib?

AFib, short for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, are common arrhythmias where the upper portions of your heart (the atria) are not contracting in a rhythmic fashion with the lower chambers of your heart (the ventricles).

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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.