Diagnostics

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology (RMVC) provides state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities and expertise.

Highly-specialized care for the cardiac patient include:

  • Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
  • Electrocardiography
  • Doppler Blood Pressure
  • Wireless Telemetry
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Event Monitoring
  • Digital Radiography
  • In-house Lab

 

Echocardiography
RMVC is equipped with a state-of-the-art cardiac specific ultrasound machine with Colorflow, spectral, and tissue Doppler capabilities. Echocardiography is the mainstay of cardiac diagnostics as it allows for both structural and functional evaluation of the heart.

Electrocardiography
We perform ECGs when appropriate. Although insensitive for the diagnosis of heart enlargement, the electrocardiogram is the gold standard in arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) diagnosis and management.

Doppler Blood Pressure Measurement
Knowledge of your pet’s blood pressure may affect drug dosage and administration as well as long-term management of select patients with cardiac disease.

Holter Monitoring
This 24 hour ambulatory ECG is ideal for the evaluation of tachyarrhythmias (fast heart beats). The holter exam may influence whether to treat some arrhythmias and greatly aids in their management. The holter may be worn home by the patient so that he/she may be evaluated in their home environment.

Event Monitoring
Ideal for a syncopal (fainting) dog, the event monitor is an ambulatory ECG that houses a continuous loop recorder. The monitor is typically worn for one to two weeks to optimize the probability of capturing an event. When an event occurs the owner depresses a button that captures the ECG at the time of the event.

Digital Radiography (digital x-rays)
Digital x-rays allow for rapid and detailed image acquisition which not only greatly decreases the time and therefore stress associated with taking x-rays but also enables high resolution imaging for more accurate diagnoses.