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Echo now TEE?

I had a blood clot in a typical echo and was on blood thinner for months, Ef fraction was 35% but now is normal 55%. They repeated the Echo and tester claimed she had some difficulty reading an area and is not recommending a TEE, where they put a probe down your throat and repeat the procedure. I love when they do the echo report they use such big terms that I have no idea what they are saying. Question: do I need to do a TEE if the Echo doesn't show any particular issues? Or is my Dr just test happy?

  1. Hi. pcglaw. First off, I just want to say congratulations on improving your Ef from 35 to 55%. That is a great accomplishment. That is a great question. Usually, doctors will order a TEE when they feel they need more information than what is provided by an echo. If your tester thought an area of your heart could not be observed on an echo, that may be a good reason to do a TEE. Also, this may also be a great question to ask your doctor. If you have access to your doctor's email, you may want to just ask this question. I am sure your doctor will give you a good explanation of what he/she is thinking. What do you think? John. heart-failure.net community moderator.

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