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Cathy Moon
25th September 2010, 06:25 PM
This morning I started reading about veterinary interventional medicine after receiving a letter from Geordie's cardiologist at Ohio State University. It's amazing what they are able to do for animals today! Here is a link:
http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/advances-interventional-medicine

I was really excited to read this statement in paragraph 4:

Indeed, the scope of interventional medicine is limited only by the imagination of the interventionalist - even percutaneous mitral valve repair for degenerative valve disease is on the horizon.

Here is a link from the article that goes into more detail:
http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/about/facultyProfiles/scansenBrian/interventionalMedicine.pdf

Nicki
25th September 2010, 09:42 PM
Oh wow that's fantastic - will have a good look at the reports tomorrow.

I know that they have carried out operations to replace heart valves on larger dogs but the open heart surgery meant that it was not possible for smaller dogs, so maybe this gives hope?

{Co-incidentally my Father is currently awaiting surgery for mitral valve replacement! I did offer to send him some Vetmedin but he wasn't keen LOL}

Cathy Moon
25th September 2010, 11:12 PM
I think it does give hope, Nicki! :D

Here are two stories about recent procedures the team has performed on two pet dogs; one of them is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sparky who had a hole inside of his heart repaired!
http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/collaboration-nationwide-childrens-hospital-saves-canine-lives

Nicki, your father is in our thoughts - I hope his surgery goes well!

Nicki
26th September 2010, 03:41 PM
Thanks Cathy - it seems to be quite a "common" op these days and they generally do really well afterwards, so paws crossed :-D