Cardiology is a very important specialty in veterinary medicine as heart disease is common in our patients. Also, a thorough knowledge of a patient’s cardiac status allows us to appropriately adjust therapies for other body systems. Our cardiologist is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialty of veterinary cardiology. Cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of both congenital and acquired heart diseases as well as the complications that arise from those disease, such as arrhythmias and congestive heart failure. Patients are commonly referred for cardiac evaluation due to such issues as heart murmurs, abnormal heart rhythms, adverse respiratory signs (coughing, trouble breathing, etc.), and collapsing/fainting.
With a Toshiba Aplio Artida echocardiography machine, we are able to offer full cardiac examinations for both hospitalized inpatients as well as for scheduled outpatient appointments. The echo machine, in addition to standard echocardiographic modalities, possesses speckle tracking, strain, and three dimensional capabilities for more in depth assessment of cardiac structure and function. Also available for patient evaluation are electrocardiography, radiography, telemetry for hospitalized patients, and Holter monitoring. Along with the outpatient appointment responsibilities, our cardiologist will be directly managing hospitalized patients with critical cardiac disease.
The cardiologist is also able to perform minimally invasive, interventional cardiac surgeries through the use of our digital fluoroscopy machine. This technology allows us to more thoroughly assess various cardiac diseases and enables us to observe the cardiovascular structures in real-time x-ray video. The interventional procedures that we will be offering include:
- Permanent pacemaker implantation
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion
- Pulmonic stenosis balloon valvuloplasty
- Angiographic evaluation of other congenital heart diseases
Our cardiologist stays abreast of the newest techniques available for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease, thus providing our patients with the most advanced therapies available in veterinary medicine. If you believe your pet would benefit from the services provided by the cardiologist at OSVS, please speak to your primary care veterinarian about a referral.
The cardiologist at OSVS: