News You Can Use – “New Hope for an Old Disease”
Chronic degenerative valve disease (CDVD, also called endocardiosis or myxomatous valve disease) is the most common cardiovascular disease in small animals, accounting for approximately 75% of all canine heart disease encountered in veterinary practice. The incidence of CDVD significantly increases with age, with approximately 85% of canine patients revealing some evidence of the disease by 13 years of age. Although some patients with CDVD remain asymptomatic their entire life, many patients ultimately develop and succumb to associated congestive heart failure. Recently, there have been significant updates in the treatment of CDVD, highlighted by the recent release of the EPIC trial results as well as successful mitral valve repair under cardiopulmonary bypass pioneered by Dr. Masami Uechi in Japan. To learn more about recent updates in the management of canine valve disease, please attend Dr. Bottorff’s upcoming PVMA lecture on November 14th!
Did You Know?
…that Cardiology Northwest will be participating in continuing education events throughout the year? For more information on future CE talks, call our office.