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Trans-esophageal Echocardiography TEE

Trans-Esophageal Echocardiography

Dr. Maddahi may prescribe that you receive a Trans-esophageal Echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound when he needs a more clear picture of the heart chambers, arteries or valves than a standard ultrasound can provide. This test is performed by a physician specially trained to administer the scan.

In the case of a TEE ultrasound, the transducer (wand) is contained in a small tube. This tube is passed down through your esophagus. The esophagus is close to the heart and allows Dr. Maddahi to gain a very clear picture of the heart structure and function.

Dr. Maddahi may order a TEE ultrasound after other tests indicate a condition. Because the TEE offers a very clear picture, it is used to confirm a diagnosis.

What to Expect

Contact our office for instructions to prepare for your TEE ultrasound. We will provide instructions that are tailored just for you. We ask that you tell our office about any medications (prescription or over the counter) you are taking. We will also need to be advised of any medical devices, or implants you may be using. Dr. Maddahi will provide advice on continuing medications, special precautions for devices, and if fasting is recommended.

You will receive a sedative during this test, so you should bring someone to drive you home. The test takes about 45-60 minutes.

We will spray your throat with a numbing agent. You will also have an IV started to give you a mild sedative. You will have electrodes placed on your chest to record your heartbeat during the test. Once your throat is numb the physician will thread a thin tube through your mouth and ask you to swallow as he passes it down your throat.

The transducer sends sound waves down to your heart and these waves are converted into pictures, this part of the test only last 10-15 minutes. Once completed, the physician will remove the tube and electrodes.

Call us with any questions or concerns you have about your test. As a top heart doctor in Los Angeles, Dr. Maddahi and his staff will work to make your experience easier.

Your images are recorded and analyzed by Dr. Maddahi. If any abnormalities are found, Dr. Maddahi will prepare a plan to get you on the right track for a healthy heart.

Technology replaces unnecessary surgery...

Top heart doctor Dr. Maddahi is always improving the techniques of heart care, saving his patients the pain and suffering of heart disease. By having the latest technology available in his Los Angeles practice, he can look at your heart and avoid surgery to confirm conditions. The side effect of a TEE scan is a mild sore throat for a couple of days. This is in great contrast to the side effects of surgery that is prevented by our cutting edge equipment.

Our Los Angeles office is constantly updating our tools so that you can take advantage of the latest advances in medical technology.

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