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Kieran Borgeat

Treating heart disease in the 21st Century

Kieran Borgeat – BSc(Hons) BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM (Cardiology) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Over the last decade, our understanding of how best to manage cardiac patients has evolved rapidly with the publication of various landmark clinical trials. In this lecture, we will review the available evidence and contextualise how that information can be applied in a practical way to benefit dogs and cats on the clinic floor.

Nursing the heart failure patient

The patient with heart failure can present a genuine challenge; they are often unstable and can require intense monitoring with minimal intervention. In this lecture, we will review the common presentations of heart disease and discuss a logical approach to their care over the first 24 hours of heart failure.

A practical approach to respiratory distress

Patients with dyspnoea may be highly unstable and prone to rapid worsening of their condition. To maximise survival, clinicians must not only handle their charges gently to minimise stress, but also to identify which dogs or cats have cardiac disease early, in order to provide appropriate treatment and supportive care.