Cardiology is a veterinary clinical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the valves and muscles of the heart. Animal Medical Hospital offers complete cardiac evaluations utilizing digital radiography, ultrasonography, and electrocardiography (EKG). We also offer 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and cardiac event recording in the diagnosis and management of patients with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease. After our initial comprehensive cardiac physical evaluation, we’ll discuss with you any additional testing or treatment that we recommend. In some cases, we may refer you to a cardiac specialist.
Discovering that your pet has a heart problem can certainly be a difficult time for a pet owner. However, it is important to find out as much about the problem as possible to begin effective treatment. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner the quality of your pet’s life is improved and the more likely we are to prolong your pet’s life through treatment and management of the problem.
If we believe there is a heart problem, performing an echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, is a critical step in diagnosing the condition. An echocardiogram is a safe, non-surgical way for our veterinarians to evaluate the chambers of the heart and visualize the valves. This test can rule out or confirm a diagnosis and aid in determining the amount of leakage and the severity of an abnormality. Pending the results of this test, our veterinarians may also perform an EKG or chest X-rays.
If you would like to schedule a cardiac work-up, please call (704) 334-4684(704) 334-4684 and ask to schedule this with Dr. Susan Coe.
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