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ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital Cardiology

Courtney Smith, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Sarah Zimmerman, DVM, DACVIM




Specialty Practices > ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital > Cardiology

Talk about heart!

ACCESS has two board-certified cardiologists that cover six days worth of appointments and seven days of “on call” care.

Cardiology is centered on the diagnosis and management of heart diseases. The main tools that our cardiologists use are history taking, physical examinations, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, blood pressure measurements and x-rays of the chest. The core of their “power” comes from an ultrasound of the heart called an echocardiogram. This is a great way to evaluate the anatomy and function of the heart in a non-invasive way.

Echocardiograms use sound waves through tissues to develop a high-definition picture. This picture allows us to see blood flow, as well as the structure and function of the heart. Our up-to-date ultrasound is one of the best and with one of the only veterinary 3D imaging capabilities in Southern California.

Cardiology monitors your pet’s heart rate and rhythm through electrocardiography (ECG). We also have the ability to monitor your pet’s heart 24 hours a day while in the hospital and even outside our front doors through telemetry. We are able to achieve this by sending your pet home with a jacket called a Holter monitor that monitors your pet’s heart rate and rhythm while at home. We can then interpret the results the next day.

Our Cardiology Department definitely has heart! Rest assured there is no need for your heart to race when your pet is in our care!



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