I am updating my article on the usefulness of the SDMA kidney test.
If your vet  has followed SDMA levels in your pet, perhaps you would 
share those values with me. RSH email

 

 

From ancient times, men have been fascinated with the heart – even when they had no idea what it did. So the terms veterinarians and cardiologists use to describe the heart are Latin. Here are some common ones:

Aorta: The largest blood vessel in the body

Ascites: The accumulation of fluid in the abdomen due to sluggish circulation

Arrhythmia: An abnormal heart beat rhythm

Atrium (Atrial): One of the two upper chambers of the heart that lead to or from the lungs

Bradycardia : An abnormally slow heart beat

Cardiac: Having to do with the heart

Cardiac Output: The amount of blood that your pet’s heart pumps through its body every minute.

Cardiomegaly: Enlargement of the heart

Diastolic: The period between heartbeats. Having to do with the time during which the heart ventricles are at rest and pressure in the ventricles and circulation is at its lowest

Edema: Fluid that accumulates due to sluggish circulation or damaged blood vessels

Effusion: Fluid that leaks from the blood vessels

Fibrillation: When all or part of the heart pulses out of control and ineffectively

Heart Block: When the electrical impulses of the heart are not conducted throughout the organ

Hypertrophy: An increase above normal size

Mitral: Having to do with the valve that separates the upper and lower left sides of the heart

Murmur: An abnormal heart sound

Myocardium: The heart muscle

Perfusion: The amount of blood freely flowing through tissues of the body. In heart failure, perfusion is reduced

Pericardium: The protective, lubricating sac that snuggly surrounds the heart

Pleural: Having to do with the chest or thorax

Stroke Volume: The amount of blood (capacity) pumped out of the heart with each individual heartbeat

Systolic: Having to do with the time during which the heart muscle is contracting (beating) when pressure in the ventricles and circulation is at its highest

Tachycardia: An abnormally fast heartbeat

Tricuspid: Having to do with the valve that separates the upper and lower right sides of the heart

Vascular Resistance: How constricted or dilated the artery is as the blood is flowing through it

Venous Return: The blood draining back into the heart after passing through the body

Ventricular fibrillation: When the ventricles contract in an irregular and ineffective way, a condition that quickly leads to death unless corrected. This is a heart attack in people, and needs a defibrillator to correct the problem. People who have serious arrhythmias can sometimes have an artificial pacemaker implanted in their chest or abdomen. This battery-powered device delivers a rhythmic electrical impulse to the heart on either a constant basis, or only when the heart's natural pacemaker, the AV node, temporarily fails to sustain a normal beat