Transesophageal Echocardiography

Echocardiography uses sound waves to make images of the heart. In transesophageal echocardiography, the ultrasound probe is passed down the throat and in to the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach. The esophagus sits very close to the heart. This method allows for clearer images of the heart than other methods.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Sore throat does not subside or worsens
    • Pain in the throat or chest develops
    • Difficulty breathing

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Echocardiography
    uses sound waves to make images of the heart. In transesophageal echocardiography, the ultrasound probe is passed down the throat

    and

    in

    to

    the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach. The esophagus sits very close to the heart. This method allows for clearer images of the heart than other methods.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    This test is done to look for problems of the heart, including:

    • Enlarged heart
    • Thickening of the heart walls
    • Heart valve malfunction
    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Other conditions
    Abnormal Heart Walls
    Heart wall disease
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  • Possible Complications