Congenital heart disease

The more frequent congenital and hereditary heart diseases in dogs are pulmonary stenosis, subaortic stenosis and pervious arterial duct.

The clinical examination, performed during the first visit of the puppy, together with an accurate auscultation, allows early identification of animals suffering from these congenital disorders. Echocardiography is the non-invasive technique of choice to diagnose the disease and to evaluate its severity.

Pulmonary stenosis

Echocardiography performed by parasternal right projection identifies fusion of the pulmonary valves and the pulmonary valve stenosis.

Subaortic stenosis

Echocardiography performed by parasternal right projection (clip on the left) identifies the stenosis under the aortic valve. Color-Doppler echocardiography performed by parasternal right projection (clip on the right) identifies the turbulent aortic flow.

Pervious arterial duct

Echocardiography performed by parasternal right projection (picture on the left) identifies the pervious arterial duct and allows measurement of its diameter. Color-Doppler echocardiography performed by parasternal right projection (clip on the right) reveals the turbulent flow through the pervious arterial duct (PDA).

Contacts

Congenital heart disease