Decoding Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Home Monitoring

Decoding Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Home Monitoring

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a progressive weakening and enlargement of the heart muscle chambers in dogs. This weakens the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively, leading to a variety of concerning symptoms. Coast to Coast Cardiology knows how valuable early detection and monitoring can be, both for improving a dog’s long-term prognosis and helping owners…

Living Long and Strong: Caring for Your Pet with Heart Disease

Living Long and Strong: Caring for Your Pet with Heart Disease

At Coast to Coast Cardiology, our team has the experience and skill required to understand the challenges you face if a pet is diagnosed with heart disease. We’re here to support you every step of the way, not just at the moment critical intervention is required. That’s why this blog post is all about what…

Keep an Eye on Your Pet’s Heart Health With AliveCor at Home Monitoring

Keep an Eye on Your Pet’s Heart Health With AliveCor at Home Monitoring

During your appointment, we may have discussed the use of AliveCor at-home monitoring to keep a closer eye on your pet’s heart health, particularly if they’re experiencing arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) or other concerning symptoms. For this blog post, the team at Coast to Coast Cardiology wants to break down how this practical DIY assessment is…

Systolic Anterior Motion (SAM) in Cats: What You Should Know

Systolic Anterior Motion (SAM) in Cats: What You Should Know

Just like a human heart, a cat’s heart has specific mechanisms by which it controls the flow of blood throughout the body. And just like a human heart, when something goes wrong with the circulatory system, further complications are quick to follow. One example of this fact is known as systolic anterior motion, or SAM….

ARVC in Dogs and Cats: What to Know and How to Help

ARVC in Dogs and Cats: What to Know and How to Help

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited heart disease affecting some dog and cat breeds. It’s caused by a genetic mutation that disrupts the heart’s electrical system, and at Coast-to-Coast Cardiology, our dedicated team has significant experience in managing it. Like many serious conditions affecting the heart health of pets, ARVC requires a combination…

Acting Early to Help Dogs With Aortic Stenosis

Acting Early to Help Dogs With Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis (AS) is a congenital heart defect affecting dogs, meaning they’re born with it. It narrows the aortic valve, the gateway through which blood leaves the heart for the rest of the body. A more common form, subaortic stenosis (SAS), involves narrowing just below the valve. For simplicity, we’ll refer to both as AS…

Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs: Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs: Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious condition affecting dogs. Characterized by high blood pressure within the arteries leading to the lungs, it’s the kind of complex problem that makes teams like Coast to Coast Cardiology so necessary. While the causes of pulmonary hypertension can vary, early detection and treatment are always critical to managing the…

Veterinary Cardiology 101
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Veterinary Cardiology 101

While regular vet visits are crucial for any pet’s health, your companion might occasionally require specialized care. In particular, any issues involving complex cardiovascular concerns fall into that category. But who exactly do you go to see when matters of the heart or circulatory complications arise in your furry friend? There’s more to the answer…

Listen Up! Why Your Dog’s Sleeping Breaths Matter (and How to Count Them)
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Listen Up! Why Your Dog’s Sleeping Breaths Matter (and How to Count Them)

A veterinary cardiologist knows that advanced diagnostics are vital, but sometimes, simple steps that pet parents can take at home are just as crucial. One particular at-home check-up can make a big difference for canine companions: The monitoring of a dog’s Sleeping Respiratory Rate (SRR). Don’t underestimate the power of this quiet countdown! Coast to…