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Willows Cardiology team fixed 3 broken hearts in one day!

5 July 2017

Willows Cardiology Team fix 3 broken hearts in one day!


This week, Willows Cardiology team has been busy saving 3 young dogs, Bella, Peggy and Leo, from an uncertain future.

"All 3 pups had a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a heart defect present from birth, which leads to heart failure and death within the first year of life in over half of dogs afflicted with it" says Cardiology Specialist Chris Linney. “Luckily there is a cure. Surgery gives our patients the chance to lead a completely normal life afterwards, and because we use a minimally-invasive keyhole procedure to close the defect, with a 99% success rate, pups are back at home within 24 hours of the procedure”.

The puppies underwent surgery with our Cardiology Specialists, Mike Martin, Chris Linney and Brigite Pedro, and our Cardiac Nurses, Katie Bates, Jodi Burgess and Ellen Kirwan. The team is the most experienced in minimally-invasive keyhole heart surgery in the United Kingdom. All 3 pups had successful PDA surgery and the future looks bright for them all. We wish them all a speedy recovery!

If you have a puppy with a loud heart murmur, early diagnosis is paramount to maximise a good outcome. Identifying the cause of a murmur requires an ultrasound scan of the heart. There are a number of heart conditions that puppies are born with and many, with prompt detection, can be successfully treated.

Willows Cardiology service

What is a heart murmur?

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)