Within VETMED’s Cardiology department, our board-certified cardiology specialist, Dr. Matt Miller offers diagnostic evaluations and therapy for animals with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, or those requiring minimally-invasive treatment options.
Tests & Evaluations
Animals, from dogs and cats, to horses, are evaluated based on a thorough physical examination and a review of medical history, followed by additional tests as needed that may include the following:
- Cardiac ultrasounds (Echocardiography) – examines the structure and function of the heart
- Electrocardiograms (EKG, ECG) – Evaluates the electrical activity of the heart
- Holter Monitor
- Loop Recorders
- Radiographs ( X-rays)
- CT (Computed Tomography) 3D imaging
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
Using the most advanced techniques, some of the common procedures available include:
- Implanting permanent pacemakers
- Catheter based occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Inserting a balloon device to expand narrow blood vessels or cardiac valves
- Stenting open diseased airways or portions of the urinary tract
- Delivering chemotherapy directly to tumors
Signs of Cardiac or Respiratory Disease
You should seek veterinary care immediately if your pet is demonstrating any combination of these signs which may be caused by cardiac or respiratory disease:
- Breathing difficulty
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased exercise capacity
Our efforts are dedicated to assure safe and effective long-term health management of pets with heart disease and our specialized care is focused to improve and maintain quality of life.
Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matt Miller: (602) 697-4694
About Dr. Matt Miller:
Dr. Matthew Miller received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1984 and his Master’s of Science degree from the same university in 1993. He completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group from 1984–1985 and a cardiology residency at Ohio State University from 1985–1988. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology in 1988. He spent 26 years as faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Miller reached the rank of tenured full Professor of Veterinary Cardiology in the Department of Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. He currently holds an appointment as a Senior Professor of Cardiology at Texas A&M University and Adjunct Professor of Cardiology at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Miller is a Charter Fellow of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute of Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices.