Cardiology

Comprehensive Cardiac Care at VetMED

Our cardiology service at VetMED is capable of performing many of the same diagnostic tests and procedures as your human cardiologist.  A veterinary cardiologist has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a board-certified specialist. This training consists of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During the residency program there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants often perform research that is published in a scientific journal and pass a rigorous examination. Cardiologists are also referred to as “Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Cardiology” or “board-certified cardiologists.”

Most board-certified cardiologists work at large hospitals or referral centers; allowing them to have the most advanced imaging equipment available to allow for full cardiac evaluations, including 3-D transesophageal echocardiograms.  From initial diagnosis to long-term management of heart disease, our team can provide the very best comprehensive cardiac care for your pet.

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Cardiac Interventional Procedures

Pacemaker lead radiograph

Our advanced cardiac catheterization suite allows for minimally invasive interventional cardiac procedures just like human cardiologists. Interventional cardiac procedures are minimally invasive procedures performed with large catheters. Access to the heart is gained via large blood vessels in the neck or leg. In most cases, hospitalization lasts only one night, and most procedures do not require pain medications post operatively, as they are not painful. Commonly performed interventional cardiac procedures include:

  • Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Angiography
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus Occlusion
  • Pulmonic Valve Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Left Atrial Decompression

Lateral ACDO placement radiograph

Ventral Dorsal ACDO placement radiograph

 

Conditions Treated:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Degenerative Myocardial Diseases of Dogs and Cats
  • Damage to the Heart Muscle and Valves
  • Coughing and Breathing Problems
  • Congenital Cardiac (Present at Birth) Defects
  • Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities

On-site Capabilities:

  • Diagnostic and Interventional Catheterization
  • Echocardiography
  • 6 or 12 Lead Diagnostic Electrocardiogram
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Invasive and Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Cardiac Biomarker Analysis
  • Heartworm Therapy