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Diagnostics and Procedures

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day

 

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Patients benefit from some of the most comprehensive services and advanced therapies available.  Services and diagnostic procedures offered include:

Cardiac Catheterization

Catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and vessels such as patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, coronary artery anomalies, arteriovenous fistulas, intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, and heartworm caval syndrome. Endomyocardial biopsies as well as vena caval and urethral stent placement are performed in our catheterization laboratory.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (ECG) & HOLTER MONITORING

Tests performed to characterize the electrical activity of the heart.  A holter monitor uses a small digital device to record the ECG over a period of time, typically 24 hours.

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ADVANCED IMAGING

Echocardiography is performed to provide an assessment of heart size and function, characterize congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, pericardial disease, and neoplasia.  At Texas A&M University, we are able to provide transesophageal echocardiography, 3D/4D echocardiography, and CT angiography to characterize the anatomy of complex disease and to facilitate procedural planning and intra-operative procedures.

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PROCEDURES

We are able to provide minimally invasive techniques and surgical treatment options for many cardiovascular diseases.  Minimally invasive, catheter based procedures are available for:

  • Patent ductus arteriosus (device occlusion)
  • Pulmonic or tricuspid valve stenosis (balloon valvuloplasty)
  • Subaortic stenosis (balloon dilation)
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects (device closure)
  • Cor triatriatum (balloon dilation)
  • Arteriovenous malformations (embolization)
  • Intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (stent and coil)
  • Heartworm caval syndrome (worm extraction)
  • Pacemaker implantation (permanent and temporary)

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