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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