At Your Service: Cardiology
The clinical cardiology service at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals is a full-service team comprised of two board-certified cardiologists, two cardiology residents, and one full-time cardiology technician, dedicated to providing advanced diagnostics and treatment options and excellence in patient care. We are happy to evaluate animals with suspected or known cardiac disease, including animals with a cardiac murmur, gallop or arrhythmia; cough or shortness of breath; animals with collapse or fainting; animals that might need a pacemaker; and those with known congenital disease that might benefit from a catheter-based intervention or surgery. Advanced diagnostic capabilities include availability of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, C-arm fluoroscopy for interventional procedures, computed tomography and MRI, Holter and event monitoring, and in-house telemetry (continuous ECG) monitoring.
We work hand-in-hand with the Emergency and Critical Care Department, allowing for round-the-clock evaluation of cardiac emergencies and monitoring of critical patients in our ICU. We are particularly excited to see cases that might need pacemaker implantation or animals with congenital or acquired diseases that might benefit from minimally invasive surgeries. Animals with PDA, pulmonic stenosis, atrial or ventricular septal defects, cor triatriatum, vascular stenoses, heartworm caval syndrome, and other complex defects are all candidates for possible intervention. We frequently have research studies and clinical trials underway that can sometimes help to offset the price of cardiac diagnostics. At present, we are enrolling patients in ongoing research studies evaluating Boxer dogs with cardiomyopathy and the potential utility of beta-blockers for dogs with pericardial effusion.
Cardiology Team Members:
Dr. Suzanne Cunningham, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-Cardiology, a graduate of Cornell University, did her internship and residency training at Tufts. She has been a faculty member here for over five years and has research and clinical interests in Boxer arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, cardiac biomarkers, and the role of inflammation in canine cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. John Rush, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM- Cardiology and ACVECC, a graduate of The Ohio State University, has been at Tufts for over 20 years. He has interests in dietary manipulation of cardiac disease, new cardiac drugs, catheter-based interventions, and cardiac biomarkers.
Dr. Vicky Yang, DVM, PhD, our senior cardiology resident, is a graduate of Tufts University and completed her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She has research interests in myocyte biomarkers and cellular regeneration and is currently doing a joint post-doctoral fellowship in regenerative medicine in conjunction with her residency program.
Dr. Kursten Roderick, DVM, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences and also completed her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. Dr. Roderick is a first-year cardiology resident with research interests in cardiac biomarkers.
Kristen Antoon, CVT, a graduate of UConn, is our dedicated cardiology technician. She sees cardiology technician appointments for routine monitoring of bloodwork, BP, ECG and Holter monitoring, helps in our clinical research projects, and generally keeps the service running.