Cardiac and cardiopulmonary diagnostics and care at Crown Veterinary Specialists are provided by board-certified veterinary cardiologist. Our goal is to improve and preserve your pet’s quality of life by delivering the highest quality, comprehensive, and compassionate care. Board-certified cardiologists undergo additional training and certification focused solely on cardiac health and disease, which can help your pet achieve the best possible heart and lung health.

What you can expect:
When your primary veterinarian refers you to Crown Veterinary Specialists, our cardiology team will begin by reviewing the history, and prior diagnostics provided by your veterinarian and perform an initial physical examination of their own. The cardiologist will use this information to determine your pet’s current clinical status and determine which additional diagnostic test(s) are indicated to further assess your pet’s cardiac health.

This comprehensive assessment provides your pet’s cardiologist the ability to develop a thorough treatment plan and recommendations for both short and long-term term care. This plan will be discussed with you in detail and provides you the opportunity to speak with your pet’s cardiologist directly, and to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health or care, now or in the future.

Your pet’s complete assessment, including diagnostic test results and treatment plan, will be shared with your primary veterinarian to ensure that the best continuity of care can be provided by all parties. If your pet requires hospitalization or has additional diagnostic tests pending, the cardiologist will ensure that your primary veterinarian is informed of his/her status with regular communications.

Crown’s cardiology service offers the following diagnostic testing and basic procedures:
• Breed certification exams
• Blood pressure assessment
• Cardiac biomarker testing
• Electrocardiography (ECG) (6 and 12-lead)
• Thoracic radiography
• Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
• Ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter monitoring)
• Pericardiocentesis
• Thoraco- and abdominocentesis

Our cardiology department also provides interventional cardiology services. Interventional cardiology involves the use of minimally invasive transcatheter procedures to treat specific cardiac or respiratory diseases without the trauma, discomfort, and risks associated with traditional open-chest or open-heart surgeries.

Our cardiology team performs the following interventional cardiology procedures:
• Temporary and permanent pacemaker implantation
• Occlusion/embolization of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
• Balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis
• Tracheal stent placement for tracheal collapse

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