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Veterinary Cardiology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the canine and feline cardiovascular system, which includes the  heart and blood vessels. Dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of problems related to their heart and lungs, many of which are similar to their human companions. This encompasses such ailments as canine and feline congestive heart failure, hypertension, dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular disorders. Because the function of your 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 veterinary general practitioner 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
  • Fast breathing at rest (although don't confuse this with normal panting)
  • Collapse
  • Fainting spells
  • Cough
  • Elevated heart rate
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Cardiology

VCA ASEC is equipped to handle all of your pet’s cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary needs. State of the art diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology equipment, the same as used in humans, is available for your pet. VCA ASEC has two Board-certified veterinary cardiologists: Dr. Carley Saelinger and Dr. Kristin Barncord for coverage all week long. These industry-leading specialists provide not only insight into your pet’s cardiac condition, but a thorough evaluation of all body systems.

Cardiology Department Services:

• 2-Lead & Signal-Averaged ECG
• 24-hour Holter & Trans-Telephonic Event Monitoring
• Doppler Manometry Blood Pressure Evaluation
• Full Hemodynamic Evaluation (O2, CO2, and Cardiac Parameters)
• GE Vivid 7 Cardiovascular Ultrasound unit with Multi-Dimensional, Tri-Plane, 4D
• Tissue Synchronization Imaging, and Blood Flow Imaging
• Comprehensive Doppler Tissue Mapping
• Digital Fluoroscopic Angiography
• Pacemaker Implantation (single and dual chamber)
• Pericardiocentesis and Pericardial Surgery
• Endomyocardial Biopsy
• Vectorcardiography
• Balloon Valvuloplasty
• PDA Occlusion
• PDA Coil Embolization

Our Cardiology Services

Cardiology
Echocardiography
Electrocardiography (ECG)
Holter Monitoring

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