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Specialized Veterinary Services has a Board-Certified Cardiologist on staff, Dr. Sarah Scruggs, to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of heart problems in your pet. SVS provides a full range of treatment options for cardiac diseases that are considered among the best in the veterinary industry, including interventional cardiology.

Common cardiology cases treated by Dr. Scruggs at SVS include (but not limited to):

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Systemic and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies
  • Valvular disorders
  • Congenital heart disease

The cardiology services offered at SVS are among the most advanced in the Southwest Florida area.  If your pet is suffering from heart disease, trust Dr. Scruggs to diagnose and treat the disorder so that your pet can live a long,  healthy and productive life.

Cardiology Services at SVS

  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Holter and event monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic cardiovascular catheterization
  • Occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis
  • Electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter*

*Restoration of sinus rhythm, for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, is now available at SVS. Sinus rhythm is restored via transthoracic biphasic cardioversion during a brief anesthetic period. Patients experience improved quality of life and myocardial function with restoration and maintenance of sinus rhythm. Electrical cardioversion is safe and highly effective, however, it is not widely available in most areas because of the specialized equipment and expertise required.


Interventional Cardiology

inter-cardiologySVS is excited to bring interventional cardiology to the Southwest Florida Veterinary Community! Interventional cardiology (IC) utilizes fluoroscopy and specialized vascular catheters to access the heart and great vessels for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. IC provides minimally invasive and effective treatment options for many congenital heart diseases (e.g. PDA, pulmonic stenosis). In addition, IC facilitates the diagnosis of complex cardiovascular malformations that cannot be diagnosed with other imaging modalities. The advantages of interventional cardiology are the minimization of scars and pain as well as a shorter recovery time.





Sarah Scruggs, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

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