Editors' Note: Matters of the heart
Heart disease and heart failure don't change, but the way we treat and manage them changes constantly. Keeping up on those changes is our responsibility as conscientious practitioners. Here's some stuff I took away from the workshop that you might not know that could help you in your management of patients with these diseases.
DIAGNOSIS AND EVALUATION TIPS
HANDY CARDIOLOGY RESOURCE
Also, did you know about the Cardiac Education Group (CEG)? The CEG includes board-certified veterinary cardiologists from both academia and private practice. It offers independent recommendations for and provides resources and information on diagnosing, treating, and managing heart disease and heart failure in dogs and cats.
Their website (http://cardiaceducationgroup.org/) contains interactive, fun case studies and opportunities for CE credit. Their Learning Center is packed with useful information, such as heart sounds and a radiograph viewer. I played on that site for quite awhile and never got bored. So if it's time for a little cardio refresher for you or your team, head on over there and check it out.
A FINAL PLEA
Here's one last tip from me to you—kind of a pet cause of mine, if you will. Did you know that used pacemakers, when people are finished with them, can be donated to veterinary teaching hospitals to be implanted in dogs that need them? When a family member passed away, we gathered his and five other pacemakers from the funeral home and donated them to the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Until that time, the funeral home had no idea such a donation was acceptable. So help me get the word out, will you?