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Dog with heart trouble gets a Pacemaker at SVS

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Dog with heart trouble gets a Pacemaker at SVS

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Last week, SVS’s cardiologist (Dr. Sarah Scruggs) implanted a pacemaker in the heart of a miniature Poodle with Heart Block. Heart Block is a disease of dogs and other species wherein the electrical system of the heart stops working properly. Without pacemaker therapy, Heart Block is often fatal.

With the use of fluoroscopy (real time x-ray), pacemaker implantation is done without major surgery (i.e. no incision into the chest cavity). Prior to Dr. Scruggs and SVS, patients in need of a pacemaker had to travel to 2-4 hours for the procedure. Now, pet owners in Fort Myers and surrounding communities can stay close to home when their pets need cardiac care.