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Christina Bove

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Christina Bove
Veterinary Specialist
Cardiology
Availability: Monday - Thursday (ER Echo available on case by case basis)
Christina Bove

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Cardiology

My Pets:

Darcy
Izzy

Dr. Christina Bove received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She then pursued a rotating small animal internship at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Following her internship, Christina worked as an Emergency Clinician in Houston, Texas as well as completed an Internal Medicine internship at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Canada before working in preclinical heart failure research at the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Christina then completed a combined cardiology residency and Masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.

During her time at Colorado State, Dr. Bove was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options at correcting congenital heart disease. She also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology throughout her career. Topics she has covered include therapy for heart failure, stem cell therapy, heartworm disease, and complex arrhythmias.

Dr. Bove has a passion for assisting clients and their pets with heart disease. She values her cooperative relationship with family veterinarians and how together we provide optimal care for our beloved pets. She has a particular interest in congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and complex arrhythmias. Dr. Bove lives in Broomfield, Colorado with her husband (Brian), cat (Izzy) and dog (Darcy). She is an avid runner, hiker, soccer player, fitness coach and certified personal trainer.

Papers Authored
Long-term Incidence and Risk of Noncardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality in Apparently Healthy Cats and Cats With Preclinical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Abstract: To characterize/compare incidence rates, risk, and survival associated with noncardiovascular and all-cause mortality in AH and pHCM cats.
Authored: Fox PR, Keene BW, Bové CM et al
Published: J Vet Intern Med. 2019 Nov;33(6):2572-2586

International Collaborative Study to Assess Cardiovascular Risk and Evaluate Long-Term Health in Cats With Preclinical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Apparently Healthy Cats: The REVEAL Study

Abstract: Observational study to characterize cardiovascular morbidity and survival in cats with preclinical nonobstructive (HCM) and obstructive (HOCM) hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and in apparently healthy cats (AH).
Authored: Fox PR, Keene BW, Bové CM et al
Published: J Vet Intern Med. 2018 May; 32(3):930-943

ECG of the Month

Authored: Bové CB, Ames M and Scansen B
Published: J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2017 Dec 15;251(12):1383-1386

Cardiology

Veterinary Cardiologists Help Solve Canine and Feline Heart Problems

Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart and lungs.

What Is Veterinary Cardiology?

Veterinary Cardiology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the canine and feline cardiovascular system, which includes the pet's heart and blood vessels. This encompasses such problems as canine and feline congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders. Because the function of the pet's heart and lungs are interrelated, veterinary cardiologists are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as diseases of the chest cavity. A board certified veterinary cardiologist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in veterinary cardiology and has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary cardiology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Symptoms of Canine or Feline Heart Problems

  • Weakness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Shortness of breath or apparent difficulty in breathing (due to fluid in the lungs or chest cavity)
  • Fast breathing at rest (although don't confuse this with normal panting)
  • Collapse
  • Fainting spells
  • Cough
  • Elevated heart rate

What Can Be Done if My Pet Has A Heart Problem?

Many of the same types of diagnostic tools and treatment options that are used to help keep human heart patients alive and healthy are also available to pets. For example, sophisticated diagnostic options (see box below) can help determine whether heart problems are present and, if so, assess their severity. Depending on your pet's particular problem, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, and cardiac surgery to repair heart defects have all become relatively commonplace. In addition, many of the medications used in pets are similar to those that are also used in humans.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care. In other cases, your referral doctor may take over the majority of your pet's medical care. It depends on your pet's particular disease and condition.

Cardiology Services Offered by VCA Alameda East:

  • Echocardiography (also known as "cardiac ultrasound")
  • Electrocardiography (ECG, EKG)
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Holter monitoring
  • Event recording
  • Electrical cardioversion for treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

Did You Know?

According to the AVMA, one out of every 10 dogs and cats has heart disease. Many pets with heart disease are asymptomatic.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has a heart problem, contact the veterinary cardiologists at VCA today.

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

9770 East Alameda Ave

Denver, CO 80247

Main: 720-975-2804

Fax: 303-344-8150

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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