So I have the echo. I get a call from Dr.G. and he said that he wants me to have a TEE transesophageal (pronounced trans-esoff-a-gee-ul) echo, done by Dr.M.”in this echo the echo transducer is placed in the esophagus (pronounced esoff-a-gus) or food pipe that connects the mouth to the stomach. Since the esophagus sits behind the heart, the echo beam does not have to travel through the front of the chest, it offers a much clearer image of the heart, particularly, the back structures, such as the left atrium, which may not be seen as well by a standard echo taken from the front of the heart.”
He says that the echo that was done in his office shows a hole in my atrium, an atrial septal defect (ASD) is a form of congenital heart defect that enables blood flow between the left and right atria via the interatrial septum.
You might wonder why the other echoes did not show this. I am sure they did. The real question is why did the technician doing the test and the doctor looking at it not notice what it took last technician a few minutes to see.
So I go in the hospital and have the TEE. It is an outpatient test and yes I have a hole, it has always been there, it is the reason I have AFib. It is reason I would faint if I tried to do a lot, never feel good, never have a lot of energy. It explains a lot. The TEE was done on November 15, 2011.
Of course that does not help the AFib or the years of no energy. At least I did not have a stroke which is the way some people find out about their ASD.
This doctor wants to fix the hole, but the ablation needs to be done first. Ablations do not always work the first time, but it is the best/only treatment there is for AFib