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Transesophageal Echocardiogram

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a procedure used to check for problems with your heart. It will also show any problems in the blood vessels near your heart. Sound waves are sent to the heart through a tube inserted into your throat. The sound waves show the structure and function of your heart through pictures on a monitor.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Rest:

Rest until you are fully awake. You may be sleepy for a while after your procedure.

Do not eat or drink until you are able to swallow normally:

Start with soft foods, such as oatmeal, yogurt, or applesauce. Once you can eat soft foods easily, you may begin to eat solid foods.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You taste blood in your mouth.
  • You have a severe sore throat or difficulty swallowing.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
    • Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns
    • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
    • Trouble breathing
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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