• Section Cover Cardiology


    Head Veterinarian: Christos Koutinas

Cardiology Department

Companion animals often develop heart defects. Their diagnosis and treatment require specialized equipment, training and expertise. But above all, they require constant communication between the pet owner and the veterinary cardiologist, so that the sick animal may enjoy a good quality of life. At Plakentia Veterinary Clinic, a routine cardiology check-up includes clinical exam, triplex exam, ECG and arterial pressure reading. The exam lasts for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the type of diagnostic check-up. A decision is then reached on a short- or long-term treatment approach. A detailed report with the findings of the cardiology check-up and everything discussed on the day of the exam is sent a few days later, along with a selection of ultrasound images. If the referring veterinarian or the owner wish so, they can have online access to all the ultrasound images (cine-loop technology).

The option of intensive 24-hour treatment is available for emergency or severe heart conditions that require hospitalization. This may include 24-hour oxygen therapy and progress monitoring by immediately evaluating the results of lab tests, as well as radiological and ultrasound scans.

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1. Dilated cardiomyopathy in dog
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2. Adult dirofilaria immitis (heartworm) in right atrium and ventricle in dog
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3. Mitral valve thickening and prolapse in dog
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4. Pericardial effusion and mitral valve disease in dog
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5. Ruptured mitral chordae tendineae in dog
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6. Mild pericardial effusion in dog with degenerative valvular disease (M-mode)
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7. Color Doppler of canine pulmonary artery with patent ductus arteriosus
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8. Prolapse of both mitral valve leaflets in dog with degenerative valvular disease (2D)
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9. Decreased systolic function and dilation of the left ventricle in dog with dilated cardiomyopathy (M-mode)
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10. Thickening of the mitral valve leaflets and subaortic stenosis in dog (2D)
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11. Increased blood flow in the ejection space of the left ventricle in dog with subaortic stenosis (continuous-wave spectral Doppler - 2D)
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12. Increased blood flow and inversion of E/A waves in the tricuspid valve flow in dog with tricuspid valve stenosis/dysplasia (pulsed-wave spectral Doppler)
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13. Increased blood flow through stenosis in dog with double-chambered right ventricle (continuous-wave spectral Doppler)
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14. Dimensional increase in all four heart chambers in dog with degenerative valvular disease and secondary systolic dysfunction (2D)
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15. Tricuspid valve failure in dog with pulmonary artery stenosis and right ventricular hypertrophy (color Doppler)
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16. Color Doppler of transmitral flow in dog with degenerative mitral valve disease
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17. ECG in dog with atrial fibrillation