Transesophageal echocardiography

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aka1908
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   Posted 10/5/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,  I am new to this forum and new to PFO..... I am a 41 year old woman who as of 2 weeks ago thought my heart was fine..... I took the buble test 2 weeks ago and got the results last week Sept 28th and was told that I have PFO, on October 14 2010 I am scheduled to have a TE done. I was wondering for those that have had this procedure could you please tell me what to expect from the procedure.  
 
Thank you :-)
 
When I first got the call and she told me that I had a whole in my heart I started to cry.... I am so glad that I found this forum....

stkitt
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   Posted 10/8/2010 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
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.

Kindly,

Kitt


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llamero
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   Posted 10/9/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
aka1908,
I recently had a TEE and the process was very simple, quick and even pleasant. It took just about 2 hours from the time I arrived at the clinic until my wife drove me home. Shortly after I woke up I took a twenty minute walk. I was a little groggy, but that is all. It was pleasant, because apparently the "happy drugs" turned off my tinnitus for the first time in years. It was literally the last thing I noticed before going under and the first thing I was aware of when I came to. The ringing in my ears has been much quieter than before I had my TEE. The hardest part of the procedure was removing the stick on monitor patches.
Good luck.
Llamero

aka1908
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   Posted 10/9/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you stkitt & llamero I feel better after reading your replies I will let you all know how everything went...

aka1908
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   Posted 10/14/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all I just wanted to give you an update my TEE was normal Dr said everything was fine & that I had a false echo/ buble test..... everything went well.... I was not put to sleep but had no problems was given sedative kept me calm but not sleepy.... throat is a little soar but other than that it went well..........

Thank you stkitt & llamero

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
aka, 
 
I am glad the test went well for you and my experience was a twilight sleep too where I could hear what was going on and followed directions.  As I had to go from one hosptial to another I do remember sitting in the waiting roon with my husband and feeling just "fine"  in fact I was giggling a bit. 
 
The second round of meds kept me comfortable and made the long trip home go quickly.  This was a test if done properly with some mild sedation is nothing to fear. 
 
I watched closely and I see I was only billed for one test as I was afraid I may get billed twice even thow it was the 1st Dr. who could not complete the test. cool
Kindly,
 
Kitt
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