Information for patients
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You have had a Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE). You may have had sedation (a drug which makes you feel comfortable and relaxed).
This leaflet tells you what to expect and who to contact if you have any questions or concerns when you go home.
If you have had sedation a responsible adult must take you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
How will I feel when I go home?
- feel tired for up to 12 hours
- have a sore throat for up to 36 hours.
- relax quietly at home for the rest of the day
- eat, drink and take any medications as normal unless your doctor has advised otherwise.
You must contact the Unit (see contact numbers) where you had your TOE, immediately if you:
• have severe pain in your neck, chest or abdomen.
• develop a temperature higher than 38°C (100.4°F).
• develop vomiting (being sick) or nausea (feeling sick).
If the unit is closed and you have an urgent problem the night after your procedure you should contact your local Emergency Department (see contact numbers).
What activities should I avoid when I go home?
If you have had sedation the effect will stay with you for 24 hours so it is important you follow this advice.
Due to the effects of sedation, for the first 24 hours you:
- must not go back to work
- must not make any important decisions or sign any legal documents
- must not operate any machinery or electrical appliances
- must not drive a car, ride a bicycle or motorcycle. It is an offence to drive while unfit to do so because of drugs used during your sedation and it will probably invalidate your insurance policy
- must not supervise children
- must not drink alcohol
- must not take sleeping tablets or tranquillisers unless advised by your doctor
- must not go near open flames or sources of high heat
- must not lock your toilet or bathroom door in case you need any help
- should not smoke.
Will I need a follow-up appointment?
The results of the test will be sent to your doctor. You may be sent an appointment through the post to come for a follow-up appointment with a cardiologist.
Your GP will also receive a copy of the results.
If you need further advice, or have any problems please contact:
Cardiology Day Unit
Telephone: 01429 522020 or 01429 522021
Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)
Non-urgent messages can be left at any time on the answering machine.
(These are Hartlepool numbers but you will be diverted to North Tees).
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Telephone: 01642 382899
If you have any worries or concerns you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours. Outside surgery hours you should contact your GP’s surgery for the Out of Hours Service number.
Further information is available from:
Telephone: 111 (when it is less urgent than 999).
Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobile phones or via the website.
British Heart Foundation
Greater London House
180 Hampstead Road
Telephone: 020 75554 0000
Heart Helpline: 0300 330 3311
Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)
British Society of Echocardiography
Docklands Business Centre
10 – 16 Tiller Road
Telephone: 020 7345 5185
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Telephone: 01642 624719
Freephone: 0800 092 0084
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Email: [email protected]
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Telephone: 01642 617617
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Telephone: 01642 383551
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
Email: [email protected]
Leaflet reference: PIL1097
Date for review: 10 March 2024