Cardiology entails many areas of diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. We typically provide cardiac services spanning a physical exam, thoracic radiographs, an electrocardiogram, laboratory blood analyses, an echocardiogram, and Doppler.
Just as humans can be afflicted with heart problems, so can our pets. And just like with humans, the first person to note these issues is usually the patient’s regular doctor. This often happens through routine visits using patient histories, physical examinations, and auscultation (listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope). Once a potential issue is identified in the patient, whether human or animal, their doctor recommends diagnostics. This might include blood testing, blood pressure, an electrocardiogram, radiology (x-ray), or scheduling a visit with a board certified cardiologist for a cardiac echo (echocardiogram).
At Northwest Veterinary Hospital owners who are faced with the news that their beloved pet has a heart issue can continue to work with the same doctor they already know and also receive specialized cardiac care. Dr. Jerry Woodfield visits our sister hospital (Green Lake Animal Hospital) each week. Dr. Woodfield is a well-respected traveling board certified cardiologist with years of highly specialized intensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. He performs echocardiograms and provides a diagnosis and suggested treatment plans. In addition to his expertise, he provides access to a leading edge cardiac ultrasound machine with Doppler while also taking advantage of our hospital’s full spectrum of diagnostic tools. Dr. Woodfield does not meet with our clients directly but advises our doctors on patient care. Your veterinarian is then able to collaborate with our clients and tailor Dr. Woodfield’s recommendations to best provide for the ongoing health and comfort of your pet.