Not able to stand having a probe in your
throat during a transesophageal echo (TEE).
What To Think About
An echocardiogram provides detailed information
about how well the heart is working and possible causes of chest pain,
shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and swelling.
transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) can be used to monitor your heart function
during heart surgery, such as
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. TEE also
can be used to guide some procedures done during a cardiac catheterization. For
more information, see the medical test
Sometimes doctors automatically schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But experts say that routine heart tests can be a waste of time and money. For more information, see Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?
Other Places To Get Help
American Heart Association (AHA)
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Visit the American Heart Association (AHA) website for information on
physical activity, diet, and various heart-related conditions. You can search for information on heart disease and stroke, share information with friends and family, and use tools to help you make heart-healthy goals and plans. Contact the AHA to find your
nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA provides brochures and information
about support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a
nationwide organization whose members visit people with heart problems and
provide information and support.
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