Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram

Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville

Esophageal EchocardiogramTrans Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is the ultrasound examination of the heart and is performed by passing an ultrasound probe into the esophagus. This test is ordered when more information is needed than what a routine echocardiogram can offer. A TEE will offer higher definition and allows the visualization of structures as small as a millimeter. This test is useful in assessing valves for vegetations (from infection), small holes in the heart, further assessment of valve problems and small clots in the heart.

Benefits of Transesophageal Echocardiogram

The benefits of transesophageal echocardiogram diagnostics is a clearer image and a full view of the structure of the heart itself. As the heart rests upon the esophagus, there are just millimeters between the two.

Transesophageal Echocardiography Cases

Transesophageal echocardiography is designed for patients who have trouble with the function and structure of the heart. TEE provides a better picture of the upper chamber, allowing your doctor to diagnose heart disease or damage.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram Stress Test

Often, TEE is combined with a stress test to monitor the muscles of the heart and how they function. It allows your doctor a better picture of your condition.

Transesophageal Echocardiography Congenital Heart Disease

As the most common birth defect on the planet, congenital heart disease is a problem that affects over 40,000 children each year. To combat the defect, TEE is a common diagnosis technique.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram Checklist

A transesophageal echocardiogram is considered a low-risk procedure. However, for the best, safest results, Brookhaven Heart runs through a comprehensive checklist before each operation.

  • Do not eat or drink six hours before the test. If you are diabetic or taking blood thinners, ask your doctor how to adjust your medications. Do not bring your valuables.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any trouble swallowing or neck arthritis.
  • The procedure will be explained, and you will be asked to sign an informed consent.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown. An IV will be placed in your arm, and ECG leads attached to your chest.
  • A liquid anesthetic will be sprayed to your throat. You may also be given conscious sedation to relax you and put you to twilight sleep. Your vital signs including pulse, blood pressure, and oxygenation are monitored throughout the test.
  • An ultrasound probe (about the size of a finger) will be passed down the throat into the esophagus to take pictures of your heart for approximately 20 – 30 minutes.
  • You will be observed for 2 – 3 hours after the test. Once the throat numbing goes away and sedations wears off, you will be given clear liquids, and our staff will walk you around with supervision.
  • You will be given written instructions at discharge. Someone must drive you home.
  • Results are available immediately after the test.