What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Cardiologist?
A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist that has advanced training in the heart and circulatory system. To become a board certified veterinary cardiologist a veterinarian usually completes a one year internship followed by extensive specialized training in an approved residency training program (usually 3-5 years).
Board certified veterinary cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs.
Veterinary cardiology specialists will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed. They will also review your animal’s past history and current medications. Depending on your animal’s condition, diagnostic testing or treatments may include:
•Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
•Electrocardiography (ECG) – non-invasive electrical reading of the heart’s rhythm
•Blood pressure evaluation
•Holter monitor – 24 hour ECG
•Radiography (x-rays) of the chest and lungs
•Cardiac catheterization procedures
•Pre-breeding screening exams
Board certified veterinary cardiologists work closely with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your animal’s optimal health. While some cardiac conditions require hospitalization, most conditions can be managed on an outpatient basis