Cardiology specialists diagnose and manage patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. Evaluation using echocardiograms and ECG monitoring is an important component of this specialty led by Dr. Kristine Chan.
Veterinary Cardiology is the branch of veterinary medicine focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular (heart and vessels) disease in animals. This includes such disorders as congestive heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, degenerative valve disease, systemic hypertension, arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm), congenital heart disease, and diagnosis of cardiac tumors. Although your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many problems very well, there are some conditions that require specialized diagnostics and care in order to optimize the outcome for your pet.
A lot of the options for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in people are also used in pets to prolong life and improve the quality of life. Sophisticated diagnostic tests that can be performed during an appointment are used to evaluate for the presence and severity of heart disease. Some heart conditions are simply monitored over time to assess for progression. Medications may be recommended to help your pet feel better or prevent progression of disease, many of these medications are similar to those used in people. Depending on your pet’s particular problem further diagnostics or treatments may be needed.