dog mitral valve repair surgery

Koda Murray

Koda Murray

Breed: Miniature Australian Shepherd
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage D Surgery Date: July 25th, 2018
Hometown: Portland, OR Owner: Stefani Murray Instagram: @kodawoof Cardiologist: Dr. Gary Wood at Cardiology Northwest Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

Koda’s symptoms came on suddenly and rapidly. He had his yearly check up with his primary care veterinarian in April 2017 with no noticeable murmur whatsoever. Yet in late October 2017 he began coughing consistently, so I took him to be seen by his primary care veterinarian and was referred to a cardiologist immediately. His cardiologist diagnosed him with CHF, MVD, at a grade 5/6 murmur.

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Maddox

Maddox

Breed: Shih-Poo
Age: 8 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2
Hometown: Chicago, IL Owner: Joseph K. Cardiologist: Dr. Michael Luethy Veterinarian: MedVet Chicago Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center

Maddox was asymptomatic with severe Mitral regurgitation and moderate Tricuspid regurgitation. Six months prior to MVD diagnosis, Maddox had no heart murmur before suddenly having grade 5/6. She was prescribed Pimobendan and remained stable until surgery at JASMINE Veterinary Cardiovascular Medical Center. Her heart showed progressive enlargement during each follow-up echocardiogram leading up to surgery which later confirmed Mitral valve prolapse and ruptured chordae tendineae.

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Zoey

Zoey

Breed: Maltese
Age: 10 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: Orlando, FL Owner: Janette Jordan Cardiologist : Dr. Simon Swift, UFL Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Zoey was originally diagnosed with a heart murmur at four years old and told it wasn't an issue and that the condition would be monitored.  After an episode of gasping and coughing in July 2016, Zoey was taken to the vet and misdiagnosed twice with pneumonia and a mass on her lung.  She would not have survived the surgery at the time, so Zoey's owners took her to a known ER vet who knew right away it was her heart.  She was put on Lasix, put in an oxygen chamber, and referred to a cardiologist at the University of Florida.

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Mong

Mong

Breed: Maltese
Age: 11 years old
Diagnosis: Stage B2/C
Hometown: Pyeongtaek, South Korea Owner: Yuri Choi Instagram: @yurikhyuri
Cardiologist : Seung-gon Lee, Seoul animal heart hospital Surgical Team: Dr. Masami Uechi & Team at, Jasmine Cardiovascular Medical Center


In November 2016, Mong was hospitalized with pulmonary edema and diagnosed with a chordae tendineae rupture and Mitral valve disease.  Last summer, Mong's brother passed away so his parents want to save him more than anything.  In Korea, there was no information on the valve operation but research on overseas sites revealed that the operation was available in Japan.

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Bentley

Bentley

Breed:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Age:  7-1/2 years old
Diagnosis:  Stage B2+
Hometown:  Maple Valley, WA Owner: Marla McAlpine Instagram: @marvelousbymarla Cardiologist:  Dr. Mikaela Mueller, Seattle Veterinary Specialists Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

In November 2016, Bentley was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease Stage B2+ when his heart murmur elevated to a Grade 4.  He had an enlarged heart with severe regurgitation and was stabilized with drug therapies.  One week prior to traveling to France for Mitral Valve Repair surgery, Bentley went into Congestive Heart Failure, Stage C.  With an additional drug added, he was stabilized once again.

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Tiffany

Tiffany

Breed: Maltipoo
Age: 9 years old
Diagnosis: Stage C
Hometown: New York, NY Owner: Margaret Frederico Cardiologist : Dr. Keith Blass Surgical Team: France, Drs. Masami Uechi, Sabine & Jean Hugues Bozon

Tiffany was diagnosed on October 4, 2016 with stage C MVD. It was also suspected that she had numerous ruptured chordae tendineae. Her prognosis was poor. Her disease had a rapid onset and quick progression. At her prior check-up no murmur was even detected. Tiffany had surgery with Dr. Uechi at the BOZON Clinic on December 6, 2016. As suspected, Tiffany had 5 ruptured chordae.

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