Demos and Exhibits
Cardiology is the study of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Veterinarians use many different tools to observe and analyze the heart to see if it is healthy.
A stethoscope is used to “auscultate,” or listen, to the heart to identify murmurs or septal defects (holes in compartments of the heart).
X-rays can show the size of the heart and the appearance of the blood vessels to help diagnose diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart).
An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart over time to help the veterinarian diagnose cardiac arrhythmias (irregular contractions of the heart muscle).
Ultrasound allows veterinarians to observe blood flow through the heart.