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Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Specialist

Vein, Heart, and Vascular Institute

Cardiovascular Doctor & Interventional Cardiologist located in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, & Sun City, FL

At Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, with offices in Wesley Chapel, South Tampa and Sun City, Florida, experienced cardiologists and the medical staff offers a variety of on-site tests to identify heart conditions, including transesophageal echocardiography. This noninvasive test helps get a clear picture of your heart’s size and overall health to diagnose conditions, like valve problems and infections. Find out if transesophageal echocardiography is the right diagnostic test for you by calling the office nearest you or by booking a consultation online today.

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Q & A

What is transesophageal echocardiography?

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a diagnostic test that produces pictures of your heart using high-frequency, ultrasound waves. The noninvasive test at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute creates very detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that travel to and from your heart to determine if you have an existing heart condition.

To achieve the pictures, the doctor passes a transducer attached to a thin tube into your mouth and down into your esophagus, which is close to the upper chambers of your heart. The test can reveal important information about your heart, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • The thickness of the walls
  • The efficiency of blood pumping
  • Leakage of blood through the valves

TEE pictures can also show the size of your heart and determine if there’s an enlargement of the heart.

Why do I need transesophageal echocardiography?

The cardiologist at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute may request transesophageal echocardiography to identify issues in the structure of your heart or its function. A TEE provides a much clearer view of the upper heart chambers and the valves than a noninvasive echocardiogram.

In some cases, performing an echocardiogram or another heart test is not possible, and transesophageal echocardiography is necessary for evaluating heart problems. This may be due to thick chest walls, obesity, or if you’re on a ventilator to help you breathe.

What can I expect after transesophageal echocardiography?

Following your test, you may experience numbness in your throat due to the medicines used to keep you comfortable. After the medications wear off, you may have a sore throat that lasts for several days before resolving on its own. You may also experience trouble swallowing immediately after the test and have a hoarse voice.

Generally, TEE diagnostics have minimal risk to your health, and ensures your safety throughout the procedure and during your recovery.

When we understand the nature of your condition, we create a treatment plan to address your heart issues based on the results of your transesophageal echocardiography.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of transesophageal echocardiography, book a consultation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute today using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you now.