Cardiology at Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists is a specialty referral practice dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality of cardiology and internal medicine services available and is well-equipped to diagnose and treat complex cardiology conditions in animals.
Our cardiologist's philosophy of veterinary cardiology care centers on the belief that symptoms of pet heart disease are treatable. Our mission is to help referring veterinarians provide high quality health care to their patients, and we derive satisfaction by successfully managing cardiac conditions in treated patients. With the advancements in veterinary cardiac medication, and the help of dedicated owners and their referring veterinarians, cardiac patients can enjoy a high quality of life for many years.
Veterinary Cardiology Services Include:
Cardiac Consultations - Our cardiologists provide complete cardiac examinations for referred patients, performing additional diagnostics as needed to enable comprehensive cardiovascular evaluations. Such additional diagnostic tests may include echocardiography, electrocardiograms, chest radiographs, blood pressure evaluation, Holter monitoring, pericardiocentesis, and event monitoring. We also perform OFA cardiac breed certifications.
Echocardiography - Our cardiologists perform echocardiography with a new, state-of-the-art, GE Vivid-I ultrasound machine. The Vivid-I ultrasound machine has excellent two dimensional harmonic imaging along with Doppler modalities such as pulse wave, continuous wave, color flow, and tissue velocity imaging. These capabilities allow comprehensive evaluation of valvular insufficiencies, outflow obstructions, complex congenital heart disease, and systolic pump function. The tissue Doppler velocity imaging allows evaluation of the relaxation properties of the heart that are of most concern in diseases such as hypertrophic or restrictive cardiomyopathy and may be an early indicator of dilated cardiomyopathy. Tissue Doppler also allows more accurate estimation of left atrial pressure for cases of respiratory distress suspected to be secondary to heart failure. These combined technology features allow early and accurate detection of a wide range of cardiac disease conditions.
Interventional Cardiology - Our cardiologists have established a complete cardiac referral service that includes a specialized pet interventional cardiac catheterization lab at the Arizona Veterinary Specialty Center in Gilbert. Services include patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure via Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder or coil embolization, balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis, pacemaker implantation, heartworm extraction, invasive pressure measurements and angiography.