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About Board-certification Cardiologists

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:

  • 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
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