Veterinary Diagnostics Offer EKG for Pet Heart Problems & Monitoring
In veterinary cardiac care, our primary diagnostic tools include laboratory tests and the advanced technology of electrocardiography. Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital offers this wonderful tool for diagnosing heart patients, senior pets, and surgical monitoring.
What Is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram is also called an EKG or ECG. It is a simple test that records the electrical activity of the heart, used to detect and locate the source of heart problems. An EKG shows how fast the heart is beating, if the rhythm is steady or irregular, and the strength and timing of the electrical signals as they pass through each part of the heart.
EKGs are used to evaluate signs and symptoms that could indicate heart problems. Many heart diseases change the electrical signature of the heart in distinct ways, and EKG recordings can help reveal these problems.
How Does EKG Work?
To record the electric signals in the heart, special electrodes are placed on the patient’s skin. A machine creates a record of them on graph paper or displays them on a screen. An EKG is painless and harmless and takes only a few minutes to complete.
Uses for EKG
An EKG can detect problems such as lack of blood flow to the heart, irregular heartbeat, and defects in the valves or chambers of the heart. We can use EKGs to monitor patients during surgery or to track the success of heart treatments.
We can pick up on early heart disease even when there are no obvious symptoms, from EKG monitoring during a wellness exam, dental cleaning, or prior to and during surgery.
Consult With a Specialist
In addition, we have immediate access to cardiology specialists through Telemedicine. Screen reports are available within 20 minutes with diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations within 24 hours.
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