A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an ultrasound of the heart that
provides doctors with detailed pictures of their patient’s heart
condition. These images help doctors diagnose various heart diseases so
that they can prescribe proper treatments for their patients. Washington
Township Medical Foundation provides transesophageal echocardiograms in
Fremont and the surrounding area. You may need a TEE if you have recently
experienced a heart attack of have had heart problems in the past.
- TEEs can help diagnose:
- Heart Attacks
- Heart Valve Disease
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Heart Injuries
- Blood Clots
TEEs require that a thing tube be inserted in the mouth and into the esophagus
so that they can release soundwaves that produce an ultrasound. Patients
are often apprehensive about this, but the operation is almost completely
harmless. To help patients stay calm, a nurse will typically administer
a mild sedative. At the end of the tube is a transducer, which will produce
the soundwaves that bounce around the heart. The entire procedure takes
about 15 to 20 minutes.
Patients can typically leave the hospital immediately after taking the
test. Your throat may be sore for a short time afterward. Avoid eating
or drinking during this brief period of discomfort because you could choke.
After reviewing the images, your doctor should inform you of what they
found and begin treatment. This could involve anything from medication
to surgery, depending on what they find.
Washington Township Medical Foundation is equipped with transesophageal
echocardiogram equipment and numerous other
cardiovascular testing devices. Contact us if you have need of heart healthcare in Fremont of the surrounding areas.