028 38 352640
Doppler echocardiography (also known as a heart scan) is a safe, non invasive way
of imaging the heart. People are usually familiar with an ultrasound scan of a pregnancy
in humans and this is largely the same. The difference being that the direction of
blood flow and its velocity can be measured, meaning we can detect abnormalities
within the heart and the large blood vessels around it that might be causing your
pet to be unwell.
Your dog or cat will typically not receive any sedation to have a heart scan done.
Your pet will lie on their side as in the photograph above and we will scan the heart
through the chest from underneath. Only very occasionally do we give mild sedation
if an animal is very fractious. Sedatives can affect the measurements taken and give
rise to misleading results.
We use echocardiography for the investigation of heart murmurs (to find out where
the murmur originates from, a murmur being an extra noise other than the normal heart
beats), it is also used to investigate the thickness of the heart muscle, the size
of the heart chambers and to assess their function, ie. how well the heart is contracting
Various medical treatments are available depending on the condition diagnosed and
depending on whether or not your pet has clinical signs of heart disease, which might
be coughing, weakness or exercise intolerance.
72 Gilford Road,
Portadown, Co Armagh,
Tel: 028 38 358525/352640
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