Veterinary cardiologists treat diseases of the cardiovascular system, which includes the valves and muscles of the heart and blood vessels. Because the function of the heart and lungs are interrelated, veterinary cardiologists are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as diseases of the chest cavity.
Dr. Umesh Karkare trained extensively in the US on these critical cardio procedures with leading practioners at the Cornell Cardiology Group, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the University of Florida and 2D & Doppler echocardiography at the Colorado College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital among others.
Happy Tails use advanced diagnostic techniques to define the nature and type of heart problem suspected in your pet. These include color-flow echocardiography (Doppler ECHO exam), electrocardiography (ECG or EKG), blood pressure measurements along with thorough physical and auscultation examinations to study the blood flow through the heart. These test results are then used to create an appropriate treatment plan for your pet.
Conditions we often treat include:
- Canine valvular disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy – the heart becomes weakened, enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently.
- Canine congestive heart failure – the fluid backs up in the dog’s lungs, making it difficu121lt to breathe
- Systemic and pulmonary hypertension
- Arrhythmias and heart blocks
- Feline cardiomyopathies hypertrophic cardiomyopathies and secondary congestive heart failure (CHF) also disorders in which the heart is not pumping efficiently.
- Feline aortic thromboembolic events (FATE), where blood clots form, obstructing blood flow to parts of the body; this often leads to hind-leg paralysis because blood flow is limited to the hind quarters.
- Syncope, which is a loss of consciousness due to insufficient blood flow to the brain.