Zoey's MVD Journey

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Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow (RVC) interview Part 2

Hi Everyone,

I had the privilege of interviewing two of my heroes today, Drs. Dan Brockman & Poppy Bristow. This is a completion of our first interview where we already discussed the various stages of mitral valve heart disease and the candidacy process as well as the team’s history of how they ended up at the Royal Veterinarian College.

Today we discussed their current success rates and how the surgical process works at the RVC. In addition we discussed future expansion plans for the mitral valve repair heart program at the RVC and learned that Poppy has mastered the surgical technique and will also be performing the surgery in Dan's absence starting in the summer, doubling their efforts.

It's very exciting to see the RVC teaching this life saving technique to others and quickly expanding its capabilities. This program along with Japan and the recently announced Florida exchange program will save many more lives. It is extremely important that all of these locations are supported so that they may have the resources they need to grow and evolve these programs.

It's been a humbling experience personally for myself witnessing these amazing dedicated doctors save so many of our precious babies. I look forward to the future of these programs.

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Japan Pet Taxi Service

Japan Pet Taxi Service

While traveling to Japan for my surgery I used a wonderful pet taxi service called  Yako doghouse that specializes in picking up pets and families from local airports (Haneda and Narita)

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DRS. DAN BROCKMAN & POPPY BRISTOW (RVC) INTERVIEW PART 1

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.

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MVD Studies From Around the Country

MVD Studies From Around the Country

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!

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Turgon's Surgery Story

Turgon's Surgery Story

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.

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Lessons From Zoey's One Year Checkup

Lessons From Zoey's One Year Checkup

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.

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Q&A With Dr. Dan Brockman @ RVC

Q&A With Dr. Dan Brockman @ RVC

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.

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Update on Post-Op Activity

Update on Post-Op Activity

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!

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Fred: A Different Open Heart Surgery

Fred: A Different Open Heart Surgery

Fred, an 11 month old purebred Standard Schnauzer, has large Atrial Septal Defect (sinus venosus), not amendable to trans catheteral closure with Amplatzer device. Fred already developed moderate pulmonic stenosis and right side heart hypertrophy. Without an open heart surgery to patch the defect he will develop congestive heart failure (CHF).

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Levi's Surgery Story

The biggest unexpected surprise for our family came in July of 2016, when we took Levi in for a routine physical exam prior to having his teeth cleaned.  Dogs have to go under anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned, and Levi has traditionally had some issues related to anesthesia and we wanted to be safe.  His last checkup was in April 2016; he went in for an ear infection and at that time, he was in perfect health (except for the ear infection, of course).  So it came as quite a shock when the vet announced that he heard a heart murmur level 4/5 for the first time in Levi's life...

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The LOOK Study: ACVIM Conference 2017

The Longitudinal Outcome of Canine Mitral Valve Disease (LOOK-mitral) - by Dr. Michele Borgarelli, DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA

This is a study being performed with the collaboration of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where Dr. Borgarelli does his research, and one of the largest veterinary cardiology practices in the United States, CVCA. The purpose of the study is to assess the natural history of mitral valve disease (MVD) in a large referred population of dogs, assess the prevalence and effects of co-morbidities on the natural history of the disease, and to identify risk factors for progression and death.

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Bellissima's Surgery Story

Bellissima's Surgery Story
This is our big story of one small cute girl and the big love between us forever.

We have had Bellissima (Belisa) from the very first day she was born because we also were parents to her mummy.  She has three siblings which were all given to our friends so that they would be in good hands.  We also had new parents for Belisa, but we felt that we belonged to each other so we kept her.

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Mitral Valve Repair Metrics

Mitral Valve Repair Metrics

One of the most frequent questions asked when considering a surgery as risky as cardio-pulmonary bypass, is what are the chances my dog will survive the surgery and what is the long term prognosis post-surgery. The answer is always "it depends".  Each dog is different, and each circumstance is unique.  Below are some guidelines to help you determine the best course of action for your dog based on aggregate data.  For more specific recommendations regarding surgery for your dog, please contact Clinique Veterinary Bozon or JASMINE Veterinary Medical Center directly.  Additional mitral valve repair statistics may be found in an abstract published by Dr. Masami Uechi from October 2016.

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