We now provide a cardiology service in association with the team at Heart Vets.
Jo Harris and the Team at Heart Vets provide the cardiology service here at Cave Veterinary Specialists. All aspects of cardiac investigation are offered, including heart murmurs, collapse/exercise intolerance and arrhythmia assessment/management, as well as investigation and management of pericardial and pleural effusions.
There is also often considerable overlap with other disciplines such as medicine, neurology and surgery where a cardiac assessment may become necessary during investigation or treatment, or a cardiac patient may need additional investigation to reach a final diagnosis.
All cardiac investigations are performed with the latest specialised equipment, including high quality cardiac ultrasound with colour flow/spectral Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging, digital ECG and Holter monitors. Echocardiography is nearly always indicated; however, this and any further tests are discussed fully at the initial consultation and patient examination, as well as any expected involvement with other services.
HeartVets also perform cardiac interventional surgery (keyhole surgery) at Cave Vet Specialists, using state of the art imaging equipment and working closely with our specialist anaesthetists and experienced surgical team to deliver the best possible patient care.
Procedures offered are:
- Catheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus
- Pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty for management of severe pulmonic stenosis
- Permanent pacemaker implantation.
More information about cardiac interventional surgery is available from HeartVets at the following link: