The cardiology service evaluates a variety of cardiopulmonary cases in multiple different species. These conditions include congenital cardiac malformations, acquired heart disease and pre-breeding screening for adult onset cardiomyopathies.
A typical cardiac work up includes thoracic radiographs, an electrocardiogram, an indirect systolic blood pressure and a full echocardiogram with Doppler evaluation. All imaging is recorded digitally for efficient reporting and review at subsequent recheck exams. Most of our patients have these tests performed on an outpatient basis with same-day results. The results are also reported to the local veterinarian for enhanced continuity of care.
A cardiac catheterization lab (cardiac pressure monitoring, fluoroscopy, angiography and digital image capture) is equipped for routine interventional procedures. The most common interventions performed at WSU are pacemaker implantation, percutaneous embolization of PDA, and balloon valvuloplasty of pulmonic stenosis. These procedures are performed through a peripheral artery or vein in most patients. The cardiology service strives to remain among the most innovative in minimally invasive interventions. The WSU cardiology service was the first to implant an internal cardioverter defibrillator in a dog in 2003.
Holter monitor screening for arrhythmias or collapse can be performed. Holter monitors and instructions can be shipped to owners for annual evaluations.
The Cardiology service offers image review of materials (radiographs, ECG, etc.) mailed, emailed or faxed to the service. A written report with suggested management strategies is faxed to the local veterinarian. The clinical cardiologist is also available by phone. Information and consultations prices may be obtained by contacting the cardiology service technologist @ 509-335-0711 or visiting the web site.
Critical patients are monitored around the clock by cardiology and critical care specialists. Treatments and diagnostics can be tailored to the patient on a minute-to-minute basis of individual needs.