When an animal has a heart issue, 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 life is improved and the more likely we are to prolong your pet’s life through treatment and management of the problem.
Cardiology is a veterinary clinical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the valves and muscles of the heart. Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care offers complete cardiac evaluations that utilize 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 any additional testing or treatment that we recommend. In some cases, we may refer you to a cardiac specialist.
If we believe there is a heart problem, we will perform an echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, to properly diagnose 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 any abnormality. Pending the results of this test, our veterinarians may also perform an EKG or chest x-rays.
Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is equipped with the most modern veterinary electrocardiograph (EKG) technology. Our EKG equipment allows for the reliable detection of cardiac arrhythmia and other conditions of the heart. Our highly trained staff is able to extract answers in minutes for critical cases and within twenty-four hours for non-emergency ones. We also have access to event recorders to record heart rhythms over a twenty-four hour period. This equipment is particularly useful in assessing the overall frequency of an arrhythmia, the relationship of an arrhythmia to clinical signs, or the effectiveness of anti-arrhythmic therapy.
If you would like to schedule a cardiac work-up for your pet, please call (704) 334-4684 and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Susan Coe.