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Getting to the heart of it for Teddy!

29 September 2016

World Heart Day

Today sees the World Heart Federation raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in the human field. Here at Willows we have a Specialist Cardiology Team that are dedicated to caring for cats and dogs with heart problems. Pioneering surgery by our very own team has proved size doesn’t matter for Teddy as he was one of the smallest patients in the world to undergo surgery for a congenital heart defect.

Weighing in at just over 2.2kg Teddy was one of the smallest patients to undergo lifesaving heart surgery at Willows. At just eight weeks of age Teddy was referred to our Specialist Cardiology Team as he had been diagnosed with a serious heart condition and was suffering with heart failure due to a congenital heart condition.


Getting to the heart of it for Teddy!


Teddy was diagnosed with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which means that a blood vessel that connects two major arteries in the heart remains open when it should have closed after birth. Urgent surgery was necessary for Teddy, as he was already showing signs of heart failure. The cardiology team at Willows are one of only a few in the UK who can carry out this type of interventional (key-hole) surgery - the intricate closure of the PDA required just a 1cm incision and involved passing catheters via an artery in his hind leg and then delicately plugging the PDA.

Take a look at this video to follow Teddy’s story and see his heart-warming happy ending!



To find out further information regarding our cardiology services and information on murmurs and PDA’s please click on the following links:

Willows' Cardiology Service

What is a Heart Murmur Information Sheet

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Information Sheet


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For further information on World Heart Day, please visit worldheartday.org