We had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Dan Brockman and Dr. Poppy Bristow, the well-known veterinary cardiac surgeons at The Royal Veterinary College in the UK who have demonstrated great success in Mitral Valve Repair for dogs suffering with MVD. We wanted you to meet the team and here some of the latest announcements they had about their program. Please enjoy part 1 of our discussions where our two favorite UK surgeons explain how they came to specialize in this mitral valve repair procedure. Current success rates to date are around eighty five percent.
The Mighty Hearts Team traveled to the Jasmine clinic in Yokohama Japan to interview Dr. Masami Uechi.
The simplest and easiest way to navigate the public and private transportation systems is to sign up for a PASMO Card.
If you have decided to have your dog evaluated for surgery with Dr. Masami Uechi at the Jasmine Clinic in Japan, to see if he or she is a candidate please read on…
Navigating the Japan train systems for the first time can be stressful. This guide was put this together to help others.
Virginia Tech and Auburn University are enrolling dogs in studies to further research in the area of Mitral Valve Disease. If you are opting not to have surgery to correct the mitral valve defect, these could be options for your dog and would help further research in this very important area for our community!
Today is a special day for me and my family. One year ago today we received a devastating news as our friend had mitral valve disease (MVD) at a very advanced stage (5/6 murmur, dilated atrium and ruptured chords). How it could be possible? He went from nothing to probably one year left. Our cardiologist was, as I was, aware of the surgery. When I asked about it she did not agree and finally added 'It depends on the size of your pocket'. This was the last time we went to see her.
Zoey’s one year checkup was done October 28th 2017. Zoey’s cardiologist (Dr. Hodge) was a bit worried Zoey’s left ventricle and left atrium (LV/LA) numbers were increasing after each checkup. According to Dr. Hodge, Zoey’s pressure and her regurgitation were shown to be the same since having her surgery a year ago. Naturally We were concerned about the increasing values and sent the records off to Dr. Sabine and Dr. Uechi to review them.
Following several mitral valve repair surgeries for members of the Mighty Hearts MVD Community, we were able to have a few questions and answers from Dr. Dan Brockman, the head surgeon at Royal Veterinary College, to help inform our community about the services provided in the UK for not only those living in the UK and EU, but globally.
Remember that you have made an incredible journey by choosing open-heart surgery for your beloved dog, so please take care of the repaired valve as best as you can so that you can enjoy a lifetime with it!