What is a Veterinary Cardiologist?
Veterinary Cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the heart and lungs. They are particularly skilled at understanding the status of your pet’s disease and can help you make the best decisions to maximize both quality and length of your pet’s life. With in-depth experience handling the diagnostic equipment and procedural options for patients including temporary and permanent pacemaker implantations, loop recorder placements as well as both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization. VETMED utilizes many of the same diagnostic tools as our human counterparts, for example, a dedicated cardiac ultrasound machine, telemetric monitoring equipment, blood pressure, and EKG’s.
Like most health care fields, the veterinary profession has become multi-tiered. Veterinarians can specialize in various disciplines including surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology and oncology. If your pet develops a problem or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary or emergency veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary specialist.
A veterinary cardiologist must undergo additional training after veterinary school in order to become board certified. This training consists of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that must meet guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During their residency program, there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research, publish in a scientific journal, and pass a rigorous certification examination.
Cardiac Interventional Procedures
VETMED is able to offer additional diagnostic and procedural options to patients including temporary and permanent pacemaker implantations, loop recorder placements as well as both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization. Dr. Miller has performed more interventional catheterization procedures than any other veterinarian in the Valley and has published and lectured on the techniques.
VETMED’s Cardiac Catherization lab is located within a fully functional surgical suite and is equipped with high resolution flouroscopy and invasive pressure monitory capabilities.
What to Expect During a Visit with a Cardiologist
The cardiologist will perform a complete cardiovascular physical examination on your animal and discuss with you specific aspects of your pet’s medical history as it pertains specifically to the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Based on these initial findings, a diagnostic plan will be established and discussed with you.
Our cardiologist diagnoses and treats valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, and heart failure among many other cardiovascular diseases. VETMED’s catheterization laboratory allows for fluoroscopic guidance of minimally invasive interventional procedures performed for both congenital and acquired cardiac conditions. Patients benefit from some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available.
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Damage to the Heart Muscle or Valves
- Coughing and Other Breathing Problems
- Congenital (Present at Birth) Defects
- Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities
- Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
- Echocardiography (Echo)
- Holter Monitoring
- Pacemaker Implantation
- Invasive and Non-Invasive
Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Cardiac Biomarker Analysis
- Heartworm Therapy
- Loop Recorder Implantation