The Cardiology Department specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. This ranges from congenital (a disease the patient is born with) to acquired (a disease that develops as the patient gets older). This can range from various cardiomyopathies, valve disease, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats), pericardial disease, and various shunting defects. We also aid the Oncology Department in the diagnosis of cardiac cancer and monitoring therapy for these patients. Our most common referral is for a murmur workup.
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What can you expect at your cardiology appointment?
We are proud to offer a wide spectrum of non-invasive (painless) diagnostic procedures to investigate the cardiac status. Your pet will be placed onto his or her side and gently restrained on a padded examination table. For our scheduled appointments, the family can be present and can see our exam and diagnostic procedures first hand.
Our evaluations are always comprehensive and include a complete cardiac physical examination, systemic blood pressure, diagnostic 6-lead electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), and echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart).
What else should you know about a Cardiac Appointment?
In addition to these standard diagnostic studies, we may also need to perform thoracic radiographs (x-rays) or laboratory studies (blood tests). These tests are frequently performed by your trusted family veterinarian prior to referral to a Cardiologist.
If your pet is unstable or found to have a serious stage of disease, we may recommend immediately hospitalization to optimize their care.
If your pet appears very ill (trouble breathing, bad coughing, or collapse/weakness) you should immediately call our Emergency Service for urgent evaluation as these signs can represent a life-threatening stage of cardiac disease and should not wait for a scheduled appointment.
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