Why does my animal need to see a Board-certified Veterinary Cardiologist?
Commonly called Cardiologists, these Specialists focus on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs, which include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Damage to the heart muscle or valves
- Coughing and other breathing problems
- Congenital (present at birth) defects
- Cardiac arrhythmias (problems with the rate and/or rhythm of your animal's heart)
What should I expect during the visit with a Board-certified Veterinary Cardiologist?
The Cardiologist will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed. Depending on your animal's condition, diagnostic testing or treatments may include:
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- Advanced laboratory testing of various blood samples
- Balloon valvuloplasty to dilate narrowed vessels
- Blood pressure evaluation
- Cardiac catheterization procedures
- Echocardiography - non-invasive ultrasound imaging of the heart
- Electrocardiography (ECGs) - electrical reading of the heart's rhythm
- Heart Registry Certification for breeding programs
- Radiography (x-rays)
- Surgical repair of congenital heart defects