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What should I do to prepare for a transesophageal echocardiogram?

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Tell your doctor if you have any problems with your esophagus, such as hiatal hernia, swallowing problems, or cancer.

On the day of a transesophageal echocardiogram, do not eat or drink anything for six hours before the test. Take all of your medications at the usual times, as prescribed by your doctor.

If you have diabetes and take medication or insulin to manage your blood sugar, ask your doctor what to do.

Someone should come with you to your appointment to take you home.

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2020

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2020

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