Procedures & Hospitalization

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology remains committed to providing the most advanced care possible and to maintaining state-of-the-art equipment, such as a Fluoroscope. Fluoroscopy is used for cardiac catheterization and is best described as being able to take “real time x-rays.” This makes it possible to visualize catheters as they move through the heart. Through the use of a Fluoroscope, we are able perform very specialized cardiac catheterization procedures including pacemaker implantation, PDA occlusion, balloon valvuloplasty, angiography, electrocardioversion, heartworm extractions, and other advanced cardiac catheterizations.

 

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Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology uses a Fluoroscope much like the one pictured here for procedures requiring catheterization.

 

 

 

 

Pericardiocentesis

Pericardiocentesis is performed when there is fluid accumulation between the heart and the sac that surrounds the heart (the pericardium). Performance of an echocardiogram prior to pericardiocentesis is often critical in cases of pericardial effusion. Pericardial fluid highlights soft tissue masses facilitating the diagnosis of neoplasia. The use of Fluoroscopy is not necessary for this procedure.

Intensive Care Hospitalization & Snyder Oxygen Cages

RMVC offers cardiac care that is unparalleled. Snyder oxygen cages are used for patients who are having trouble breathing. The environment of our cages can be humidity and temperature controlled as well as provide a finely calibrated oxygen enriched environment. Wireless telemetry is used to monitor patients with severe heart rhythm disturbances. Because it’s wireless, the pet is able to move freely in its environment and their ECG may be monitored even while out on walks. Our nurses are specially trained to monitor and meet the needs of our hospitalized patients.