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.
- All testing is performed by a Registered Vascular or Cardiac Sonographer.
- 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.