Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a test that produces pictures of your heart. TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it. Unlike a standard echocardiogram, the echo transducer that produces the sound waves for TEE is attached to a thin tube that passes through your mouth, down your throat and into your esophagus. Because the esophagus is so close the heart, very clear images of those heart structures and valves can be obtained.

The detailed pictures provided by TEE can help doctors see:

    1. The size of your heart and how thick its walls are.
    2. How well your heart is pumping.
    3. If there is abnormal tissue around your heart valves that could indicate bacterial, viral or fungal infections, or cancer.
    4. If blood is leaking backward through your heart valves (regurgitation) or if your valves are narrowed or blocked (stenosis).
    5. If blood clots are in the chambers of your heart, in particular the upper chamber, for example after a stroke.
    6. TEE is often used to provide information during surgery to repair heart valves, a tear in the aorta or congenital heart lesions.
    7. It’s also used during surgical treatment for endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the inner lining of the heart and valves.

If you have any questions, you can consult with Dr. Jimenez or Dr Sanchez for an appointment.

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