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Vista Veterinary Specialists

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We work with you and your veterinarian to diagnose and provide compassionate, expert care to pets with heart conditions.

Our cardiologists will work with you and your regular veterinarian to provide the comprehensive care your pet needs.

A variety of cardiovascular conditions and diseases can affect veterinary patients, including heart failure, valve problems, and high blood pressure. While some cardiac conditions may be serious, many heart diseases are manageable on an outpatient basis and allow for a good quality of life. Early diagnosis and effective treatment will increase your pet’s opportunity to live a normal life.

Pets that exhibit any of the following symptoms may benefit from a cardiac evaluation:

  • Heart murmur

  • Shortness of breath or breathing problems

  • Chronic cough

  • Heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Congenital heart defects

  • Fainting

  • Fluid accumulation in the chest or abdomen

  • Exercise intolerance

Pets at risk for anesthesia may also be evaluated by our cardiologist to develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Asthma and Bronchitis

  • Atrial Fibrillation

  • Congestive Heart Failure

  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy

  • Feline Hypertensive Heart Disease

  • Heart Block

  • Hyperthyroidism Associated Cardiomyopathy

  • Mitral and Tricuspid Dysplasia

  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency

  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

  • Pleural Effusion

  • Pulmonary Hypertension

  • Pulmonic Stenosis

  • Subaortic Stenosis

  • Supraventricular & Ventricular Tachycardia

  • Tetralogy of Fallot

  • Ventricular Septal Defects


  • Computed Tomography (CT)

  • Echocardiogram

  • Electrocardiogram

  • Event Recorder & Holter Monitor

  • Fluoroscopy

  • Radiography (X-RAYS)

  • Ultrasound

Helpful Links

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

OFA Cardiac Congenital Disease Database

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Our Cardiology Team