How do you prepare a patient for a TEE?

How to prepare. You will be asked not eat or drink for 4 to 6 hours before your exam and to take any prescribed medications with only a sip of water. You should also arrange to have someone drive you home after the exam in case you are feeling drowsy.

Why is a transesophageal echocardiogram performed?

A TEE is done when your doctor needs a closer look at your heart or does not get the information needed from a regular echo. You may need a combination of a TEE, Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to get information about how blood flows across your heart’s valves.

What will a transthoracic echocardiogram show?

During a transthoracic echo, we use sound waves to create computerized outlines of your heart and its attached blood vessels. Your doctor can then check your heart’s chambers, valves and blood vessels for abnormalities and for any extra fluid building up around your heart.

What are the risks of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What Is a Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)? TEE is generally a safe procedure. At Stanford, we take every precaution to ensure our patients’ safety during a TEE. Possible risks of a TEE include: Reaction to the medication used to relax patients during the procedure, including nausea and difficulty breathing

What are some of the side effects of pneumonia?

What Are the Complications of Pneumonia? 1 Bacteremia and Septic Shock. 2 Lung Abscesses. 3 Pleural Effusions, Empyema, and Pleurisy. 4 Respiratory Failure. 5 Kidney Failure. 6 Heart Failure.

Why is empyema a serious symptom of pneumonia?

Antibiotics are also an option to treat empyema. When you have pneumonia, it’s possible for your lungs to fill with fluid. If that happens, they won’t be able to transfer enough oxygen to your blood or get rid of the carbon dioxide in your blood. It’s a serious condition because your organs need oxygen to work.

Can you get septic shock if you have pneumonia?

If you have bacteremia or septic shock, your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your kidneys. It’s not a common complication of pneumonia, but it’s serious because your kidneys will stop working if they’re not getting enough blood.