2505 S 80th St, Tacoma, WA     

A veterinary cardiologist is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases of the
cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels). Summit’s veterinary cardiology department is
dedicated to providing options for treatment of pets with cardiac ailments with the aim of
maintaining comfort and quality of life for as long as is possible. Common cardiovascular
diseases in dogs and cats include:

  • Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD)
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Congenital (born with) abnormalities such as a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), ventricular septal defect (VSD), pulmonic stenosis (PS) or subaortic stenosis (SAS)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Systemic hypertension
  • Arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrioventricular block, or ventricular tachycardia
  • Heart failure

Diagnosis of cardiovascular disease often involves the use of specialized equipment to image
the heart in motion, measure the chambers of the heart and its function, and map the electrical
activity in the heart. Diagnostic tests that may be recommended for your pet include:

  • Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart)
  • Electrocardiography (analysis of electrical activity in the heart and heart rhythm)
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Radiography
  • Contrast vascular studies
  • Computed tomography (CT scan)