The Friendship Cardiology Specialists team is here to help keep your pet’s heart healthy. Pets can be born with heart disease (congenital), and they can develop heart disease with age. Heart disease can cause coughing, trouble breathing, lethargy, weakness and fainting. Some pets show no outward symptoms of heart disease, but abnormal heart sounds or rhythms may be detected when your primary veterinarian listens to their chest with a stethoscope. Early evaluation of heart disease is the best way to help your pet live a long and happy life.
If your pet is evaluated through Friendship Cardiology Specialists, a complete examination will be performed and diagnostic tests may be recommended. The following tests are commonly performed:
- Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart)
- Chest x-rays
- Blood pressure measurement
- Electrocardiography (ECG; heart rhythm evaluation)
- Holter monitoring (home ECG monitors)
- Blood work
- Additional interventional procedures on a case-by-case basis
Conditions cardiologists diagnose and treat:
- Coughing and trouble breathing
- Valve disease (aging changes to the heart)
- Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
- Systemic hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
- Pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart)
- Heart tumors
- Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms)
Often heart disease can be managed on an outpatient basis. Some pets require hospitalization to stabilize their heart conditions. Friendship Cardiology Specialists can work with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet’s heart disease is optimally managed and tailor therapy to your pet’s individual needs. We understand that having a pet with heart disease can be scary, and we are here to help you through everything.
How to schedule:
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