Reasons for Procedure
- Enlarged heart
- Thickening of the heart walls
- Heart valve malfunction
- Blood clots
- Other conditions
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- Difficulty breathing
- Bleeding or damage to the mouth, throat, or esophagus
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Avoid alcohol for several days before the procedure. Alcohol may interfere with the type of sedative used.
- Do not eat or drink for 4-8 hours before the procedure.
- Arrange to have someone give you a ride home after the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Sore throat does not subside or worsens
- Pain in the throat or chest develops
- Difficulty breathing
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/02/2014 -
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