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If you have dentures
or dental prostheses, you may need to remove them before the test.
If you have medical problems involving the throat, esophagus, or stomach, tell your doctor before getting this test.
Before a TEE, you will be given a sedative. You will not be able to drive
for at least 12 hours after the procedure. Be sure to make arrangements in
advance for someone to pick you up after the test.
Before an echocardiogram, you may be asked
to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have
regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the
results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill
medical test information form(What is a PDF document?).
How It Is Done
echocardiogram may be done in a hospital, clinic, or
doctor's office. It can also be done at your bedside in the hospital.
You will need to remove any jewelry and clothes above your waist (you may
be allowed to keep on your underwear if it does not interfere with the test).
You may be given a cloth or paper covering to use during the test.
A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), Doppler echocardiogram, and stress
echocardiogram are performed by a specially trained ultrasound technician. A
transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is performed by a
cardiologist with the help of assistants.
You may receive
an IV so you can get medicine during the test. The IV can be used to give you a
contrast material, which helps
your doctor check your heart function. A contrast material may be used if it is difficult to
get good views of your heart. A good view might be hard to get because of certain conditions such as obesity or chronic
Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and Doppler echocardiogram
You will lie on your back or on your left side on
a bed or table. Small metal discs (electrodes) will be taped to your arms and
legs to record your heart rate during the test. To learn more, see Electrocardiogram.