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In July our electrophysiology team participated in a busy brigade dealing with patients who have cardiac rhythm problems. Team members included 14 Americans and 4 Nicaraguans working together for a very productive week. A total of 96 patients were evaluated in the clinic, including 36 new patients. Procedures were performed on 9 patients to implant or revise pacemakers or implantable defibrillators (both are surgically placed devices used to treat serious rhythm problems). In addition, 5 electrophysiology studies were performed (these are catheter-based tests to diagnose and treat rhythm problems). The team also provided clinical education for physicians and staff at HEODRA. Again, hospital leadership was very helpful.
In September a general cardiology brigade worked at HEODRA. The team of 18 Americans and several Nicaraguans worked together in the clinic. Hospital leadership was very attentive and helpful. We evaluated 149 patients, including performing an echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound, a test used to diagnose cardiac problems) on each patient. A number of these patients also underwent transesophageal echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound tests performed through the throat) for more detailed evaluation. Almost every patient had serious cardiac disease, mostly valvular disease from rheumatic fever and adult congenital heart disease. Many would benefit from cardiac surgery or percutaneous interventional procedures (correction of cardiac conditions done through the leg blood vessels). Some of these patients will be scheduled for these procedures during the next brigade.