Veterinary Cardiology Referrals
Small Animal Cardiology Referrals
Cardiology referrals are seen by Andrew Francis BVSC Cert VC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS European and RCVS recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology who has joined our multi disciplinary referral team.
Cardiac problems in dogs and cats are often identified in general practice, but the specialist expertise required to fully evaluate the underlying disease and provide the pet owner with the most up-to-date prognostic advice and support often requires referral to a distant centre. That is why I am so pleased to be able to work with Eastcott Referrals to provide a Specialist Cardiology Service to general practices in the Swindon and Wiltshire areas.
Clinical problems that I can help you and your colleagues to investigate and manage include:
- Heart murmurs
- Congenital cardiac disease
- Poor exercise tolerance
- Breathing Problems
- Pulmonary Hypertension
Mitral Valve Disease and Dilated Cardiomyopathy Screening in dogs
Mitral valve disease and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) management in dogs has fundamentally changed. They are the two most common cardiac diseases affecting adult dogs. Veterinary Cardiology has undergone and exciting time in the last 3 years, with the publication of two pivotal veterinary studies that have fundamentally changed the way that we manage these diseases.
We used to wait until the last stages of both diseases before recommending medical treatment. However, the results of these studies have proven that medical management in the earliest stages of these diseases significantly prolongs the survival time of patients with DCM and MVD.
Veterinary Echocardiography in dogs is the gold-standard test for the early diagnosis of DCM and MMVD. If you would like to discuss setting up a screening programme at your veterinary practice to help your clinical team identify patients that could benefit from referral for echocardiography screening then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Andrew works closely with the Eastcott Referrals Medicine Specialist team to provide a comprehensive medical service so if you are not sure whether your patient’s clinical signs are a result of cardiac disease please do not worry. We can manage complex clinical presentations and make sure that the Specialist with the most appropriate clinical skills takes charge of the clinical care of your patient.