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Lydia Soydan

DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology
Dr. Lydia Soydan
Veterinary Specialist
Dr. Lydia Soydan

At a Glance

Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease
Electrocardiography (ECG)
Holter Montoring

My Pets:

Daxter & Topal - Cats

Dr. Soydan became board certified in 2015.

Dr. Soydan received her DVM degree from Cornell University in central New York. She then completed a small animal internship at VCA VREC and VCA Shoreline, two emergency centers located in southwestern Connecticut, followed by a one-year specialty cardiology internship at VCA Shoreline. More recently, she finished a three-year cardiology residency at the University of Wisconsin, where she fell in love with the midwestern states. She enjoys all aspects of diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease, with special interests in arrhythmia evaluation, pulmonary hypertension and end-stage congestive heart failure control. She lives with her two cats, Daxter and Topal.


Welcome to VCA Aurora's Cardiology Department! 

When your pet has a problem with their heart or lungs, you want care from Cardiologists who are as compassionate as they are proficient. Dr. Soydan and Dr. Wyatt have the expertise to diagnose and treat heart and vascular problems. 

What Is Veterinary Cardiology?

Veterinary cardiology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the canine and feline cardiovascular system. 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 primary care veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized training in veterinary cardiology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

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

Many types of diagnostic tools and treatment options commonly used to help keep human heart patients alive and healthy are also available to pets. For example, sophisticated diagnostic options can help determine whether heart problems are present and, if so, assess their severity. Many of the medications used in pets are similar to those used in humans.

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

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, please contact us today.

VCA Aurora Animal Hospital

2600 West Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506

Main: 630-301-6100

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Emergency and Specialty Hours:

Emergency/ Critical Care open 24/7.
Specialty Services available Monday-Friday depending on department.

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