The Mighty Hearts Project was founded by owners of dogs who have benefited from surgical intervention with Dr. Masami Uechi in both Versailles, France and at his clinic, JASMINE, in Japan.  Each founding member has had a unique experience with their dog's diagnosis, pre-surgical treatment, intervention, post-surgical challenges, and recoveries.  We feel passionately about bringing visibility to this surgery by sharing our knowledge and experience with the world.  Our goal is to advance the care for dogs by collaborating with veterinarians and other supporters globally to bring you current research and updates on emerging techniques regarding mitral valve disease and repair. 



Nate Estes

Owner of Zoey - Surgery Patient at Clinique Veterinaire Hopia, October 2016
Mighty Hearts MVD Community Admin
Community Outreach Liaison
Social Media Director
Mighty Hearts Website Admin and IT Professional

Zoey's Pet Profile
Zoey's Surgery Story
Zoey's Follow Up - Lessons Learned



We believe in educating dog owners about the most viable option for advanced treatment of mitral valve disease.  We support bringing awareness to veterinary professionals about Dr. Masami Uechi's technique and the surgeries being performed throughout all the clinics worldwide.  We encourage cardiologists to increase their knowledge and exposure to this technique by witnessing the intervention. 



By increasing the demand for advanced care, we also wish to leverage the collective global interest in this technique by bringing internationally known inventor of mitral valve surgery in small breed dogs, Dr. Masami Uechi, to the US for direct interventions with dogs with mitral valve disease and mentor up and coming veterinary talent to be able to perform the technique with confidence. 




We support dog owners from the inception of their diagnosis, through their decision-making process on what type of care is best for their family, all the way through intervention if they choose to take that path.  We also support emerging research on mitral valve disease and share the best possible options for dog owners.

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