Common Reasons For Testing
- Pre-cardioversion for atrial fibrillation
- Abnormal echocardiogram
- Suboptimal transthoracic echocardiogram (Regular echocardiogram)
- Fever of unknown origin
What to Expect
This test is an invasive endoscopic procedure done under moderate sedation. The throat is numbed using a spray; this will help eliminate the gag reflex. The Cardiologist will pass a thin, flexible ultrasound probe down the throat and into the esophagus. This allows very detailed and clear pictures of the heart valves and other structures to be obtained. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes; allow 2 hours with prep and recovery.
- Fasting for 6 hours before the procedure is required.
- Regular medication may be taken with a small amount of water.
- A driver must be arranged due to sedation.
Hours of Operation
- This test is scheduled Monday-Friday at 11 am and 1 pm.
All testing is performed by a Registered Vascular or Cardiac Sonographer