Patient discussion about echocardiogram

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Q. My mother had a chest pain and she was sent for a TEE. When do you need a TEE and when a normal echo is fine?

My mother had a chest pain few weeks ago. we were sure its a heart attack and went to the ER. There the doctors did some tests and she was sent for a (trans thoracic echocardiogram) TEE. I want to know when do you need a TEE and when you can do just a normal echocardiogram because the TEE was very painful for her and we want to know if ther was a better way.
A1The main difference between TEE and normal echo is that in TEE u put the transducer directly in the esophagus. The transducer is the same and the idea is to put it as close as possible to the heart.
As far as I know there are some heart situations the TEE is better for diagnosis that normal echo. Maybe your mom had one of those situations?
I can recommend you to ask the ER doctor. he will probably be able to give a better explanation for his choice
A2It is not clear from the question what was the situation. I know that as a fat man my GP always sends me to TEE because he said he cant see anything with normal echo.
So I guess obesity is a good reason for TEE. Probably there are more reasons but if you want, you can call your doctor and ask him what was his rational. From my expiriance if you will ask politely the doctor will gladly explain you.
Hope that all is OK with your mom:)

Q. I am scheduled for a TEE and i am very scared. what is exactly going to happen there?

I am scheduled for a Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) for my heart valve problem and i am very scared. what is exactly going to happen there to me? I understand i need to swallow somthing and I am not sure I'll be able to do it. I have a strong gag reflex. can someone tell me what I can do to reduce the fear?
A1During a TEE you will be requested to swallow something that looks like a big chocolate kiss. This is all the swallowing that is involved. It is not fun, and me too have a strong gag reflex. I asked the doctor to let me watch the TEE of the guy that was before me in the line. After I saw how this test is done it was easier for me.
(Don't get me wrong, you will want to puke but you will be able to handle this urge)
A2you already did the first thing! The fact you are asking about it and acquiring knowledge will help you to overcome your fear. During the procedure you need to swollow something but when they did it to me i was so sedated I didn't feel a thing.
Actually i can't remember what happened there but I know it was much less horrible than I imagined.
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