Cardiac Procedures

Cardiac Procedures 2017-10-31T17:52:41+00:00

Cardiac Procedures

Atlantic Coast Veterinary performs more than twenty cardiac procedures and treatments for its patients:

  • Pacemaker Implantation– This procedure is performed for pets that have slow heart rates (bradycardia). The pacemaker functions as a regulator, creating normal pacing for your pets heart. Symptoms of bradycardia include lethargy, weakness and collapse or fainting
  • Diagnosis and Management of Valvular Disease – (degenerative changes in the heart valves)
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty – Pets with Pulmonic Stenosis (a congenital heart defect of the semilunar valve between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery) may benefit from this procedure. It requires the passage of special catheters which when an attached balloon is inflated, tears the restricted valve leaflets which may have become thickened or partially fused together
  • Balloon Pericardiotomy – This procedure is performed for treatment of recurrent pericardial effusion (fluid buildup in the sac surrounding the heart). A balloon is placed in the pericardial space via percutaneous catheterization creating a hole in the pericardium, under fluoroscopic guidance
  • Pericardiocentesis – The removal of fluid via needle from the tissue covering the heart (pericardial sac). This procedure is performed as a result of excessive fluid build-up in the pericardial cavity, which is the space between the pericardium and the outer layers of the heart. This condition is known as pericardial effusion
  • Evaluation of Murmurs – (extra heart vibrations that are produced as a result of a disturbance in the blood flow)
  • Evaluation and treatment of Arrhythmias – (when the heart beats either too fast or too slow)
  • 24-hour Holter Monitoring – to assess and monitor a pet’s heart rhythm and rate
  • Breed Screens for Congenital Heart Disease – (heart defect originating at birth)
  • Breed Screens for Acquired Heart Disease – (heart defect which may develop over time)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) Evaluation and Treatment
  • Cough/Dyspnea (labored breathing) Evaluation
  • Cardiac and Respiratory Exams
  • Geriatric Exams
  • Pre-Anesthetic Evaluation
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Heartworm Disease – This disease caused by a blood-borne parasite can result in heart failure, severe lung disease or other organ damage
  • Bronchoscopy – used to examine the interior surface of the trachea and bronchi to evaluate patients with acute or chronic cough. This procedure can help our doctors to obtain tissue brushings and biopsies for histological evaluation as well as for removal of foreign bodies
  • Tracheal and Bronchial Stenting – This procedure is performed on pets with tracheal/bronchial collapse. A spring-like device is inserted inside the airway of the pet which will improve breathing by reducing airway obstruction
  • ASD Occlusion – This procedure is performed to stop abnormal blood from between the between the left and right atria via the inter-atrial septum
  • VSD Occlusion – This procedure is performed to repair a hole in the heart
  • PDA Occlusion – This procedure is performed to seal the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel which connects the aorta to the pulmonary artery.  PDA causes blood which is leaving the left side of the heart to channel back into the lungs