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Electrocardiography / Echocardiography
|An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart. It is useful for detecting abnormal cardiac rhythms (arrhythmias) and cardiac enlargement. The electrocardiogram is non-invasive, painless and can be performed on most animals without sedation.|
|Echocardiography is an ultrasound study of the heart. This technique is non-invasive, painless and can be performed on most patients without sedation. It allows the beating heart to be directly observed. The cardiac chambers and walls can be measured and the valve leaflets can be directly examined. Doppler echocardiography is an advanced technique that allows the velocity of blood flowing through the heart to be measured. This is especially helpful in the study of congenital heart defects in puppies and kittens and in valvular disease in older animals. Still and video loops of echocardiographic studies are stored in digital form on a computer for telemedicine consultations with a cardiology specialist.|