I had this very procedure done twice in one day. I had all the medications I was entitled to and it was a walk in the park. The first cardiologist said my mouth was to small and she could not get the scope down. I was sent to a different hospital, driven by my hubby. The second cardiologist took one look and said all would go well. It did and I think is was simply he was more skillful.
If you'll have a transesophageal echocardiogram, your throat will be numbed with a numbing spray or gel. You'll likely be given a sedative to help you relax, ask as soon as you get to the hospital to receive the medicaiton.
During the echocardiogram, the cardiologist will dim the lights to better view the image on the monitor. You may hear a pulsing "whoosh" sound, which is the machine recording the blood flowing through your heart.
Most echocardiograms take less than an hour, but the timing may vary depending on your condition. During a transthoracic echocardiogram, you may be asked to breathe in a certain way or to roll onto your left side.
After the procedure
If your echocardiogram is normal, no further testing may be needed. It really was not a bad test at all. My throat felt a little bruised for a couple of days but that was it.
I wish you the best and to share, my test was normal.