Are you awake during a transesophageal echocardiogram?
Once the test is ready to begin, you will be given a sedative to help you relax, and a numbing medication will be sprayed down your throat. This will make the passage of the transesophageal ultrasound probe more comfortable. You will be awake enough to swallow if necessary.
Can I drink water before TEE?
Instructions for drinking before your procedure Do not drink anything else. Do not drink anything starting 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. This includes water.
Can you eat before a TTE?
How do I prepare for the TTE? THIS TEST REQUIRES NO SPECIAL PREPARATION. You may eat and perform normal activities (unless instructed otherwise). You may continue to take your medicines as your doctor prescribes.
Do you need to be NPO for TEE?
DO NOT eat or drink anything for at least six hours before the test.
How do I prepare for a transesophageal echocardiogram?
How to prepare. You will be asked not eat or drink for 4 to 6 hours before your exam and to take any prescribed medications with only a sip of water. You should also arrange to have someone drive you home after the exam in case you are feeling drowsy.
How safe is a TEE?
TEE is generally a safe procedure. At Stanford, we take every precaution to ensure our patients’ safety during a TEE. Possible risks of a TEE include: Damage to the esophagus, including bleeding or a tear (very rare)
What should I eat after TEE test?
Do not eat or drink for 2 hours after the test. After 2 hours, you can try a sip of water. If you cough, wait another 30 minutes and then try another sip of water. If you do not have any problems swallowing the water, you can start eating and drinking normally. Avoid eating salad for the first meal after your test.
What can a TEE show?
TEE helps doctors detect problems with the structure and function of the heart and its blood vessels. In general, transthoracic echo (TTE) is the first echo test used to diagnose heart and blood vessel problems.
Do you hold anticoagulation for TEE?
Current guidelines recommend that patients receive anticoagulants for 3-4 weeks before and 4 weeks after cardioversion. With the development of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), the risk of thromboembolism and alternative anticoagulation strategies have been evaluated in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Can a TEE Show blocked arteries?
Transesophageal echocardiography may be done to evaluate signs and symptoms that may suggest: Atherosclerosis. This is a gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances in the blood.