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Now Open: TEE Cardioversion Suite
Capital Cardiology Associates announces the opening of “first of its kind service” in New York State
Cardiac patients in the Capital Region now have a choice on where to receive their transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) test. Capital Cardiology Associates opened our TEE Cardioversion Suite on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. “We could not find any evidence that anyone else is doing this. The suite is the first of its kind in New York State,” announced Capital Cardiology Associates board-certified cardiac physician, Dr. Lance E. Sullenberger. The suite allows patients to receive the same specialized outpatient procedure usually performed at a hospital in a custom suite at CCA with their physician attending.
What is transesophageal echocardiography?
A TEE is a non-surgical outpatient procedure, where a small, flexible tube containing a probe is inserted into the esophagus to provide live images of the heart. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. Dr. Sullenberger noted the benefit to cardiac patients focuses on the quality of care and expert level of service provided at CCA. “Hospitals by definition are more expensive and less efficient. Whereas you might spend half a day in the hospital for a thirty minute procedure, here it’s closer to one hour.”
Same day service
CCA patients also benefit from additional comforts that ease stress on the day of treatment. Not having to find a parking spot in a garage or walk a long distance to the building is a plus. There is also the familiarity with the staff that treats them for their regular appointments and visits. Dr. Sullenberger has a special interest in cardiac imaging, particularly CT coronary angiography, as well as in cardiovascular disease prevention. “At CCA, there is a board certified cardiac anesthesiologist present for our TEE scan. We use the latest technology in the hands of staff that specialize in this level of care and advanced medicine,” added Dr. Sullenberger. In the procedure I observed, the patient commented on the level of care he received.