Treating issues involving the heart and cardiovascular system
Our cardiology team provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for pets that are affected by a wide-range of heart diseases, including several minimally invasive procedures that are unavailable anywhere else in the state of Georgia.
Our areas of speciality:
- Heartworm extraction
- Pacemaker implantation
- Treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Repair of arteriovenous fistulas (an abnormal connection or passageway between an artery and a vein)
Our cardiology service regularly utilizes the following diagnostic tools to aid in the management of heart and vascular disease in companion animals:
- Echocardiography, including two-dimensional, M-mode, and Doppler technologies
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Ambulatory ECG monitoring, including Holter, event, and implantable loop recorder monitoring
- Angiography and angiocardiography
- Catheter-based hemodynamic studies
The Cardiology service offers several interventional (catheter-based) procedures for the treatment of both congenital and acquired heart disease. These procedures are performed under general anesthesia utilizing fluoroscopic guidance (real-time X-ray imaging). In most instances, they offer the benefit of less pain, and shorter hospitalization and recovery times as compared to more invasive surgical techniques.