This test creates moving images of the heart using a probe placed down the throat to the lower part of the esophagus.
An echocardiogram is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to create moving images of the heart muscle, heart valves and other structures of the heart.
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) creates images by placing the probe down the throat into the lower part of the esophagus. This area is close to the heart, so the images are clearer.
A transesophageal echocardiogram can be done in a hospital or clinic where minor procedures are performed. Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
You will probably be given a medicine to help make you sleepy and relaxed (a sedative). Your throat will also be numbed before the procedure.
This care path's costs include the facility charges (the test or procedure), plus the physician charges (interpreting the test or performing the procedure). You may get separate bills for the facility and physician charges.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a TEE?
After your procedure, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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