Mighty Mouse!

‘Little Mouse’ came to see the cardiology team at ACCESS San Fernando Valley.

We love the quality time we get with our patients, and the opportunity to bond with them!

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On the Road Again…

This week, we partnered up with two chapters of the SCVMA to provide continuing education lectures for their members. The SCVMA (which stands for Southern California Veterinary Medical Association) is basically a club for those in the veterinary field. Members meet about once a month to have dinner while a guest speaker comes to talk about something pertaining to veterinary medicine and in exchange, attendees get credits they need to maintain their license.

Later in the week, we brought Dr. Amelia Sinkin to the 94th Aero Squadron to talk about Pulmonary Hypertension to the San Fernando Valley chapter. Dr. Sinkin is the newest cardiologist to join our cardio team at the San Fernando Valley hospital, and those in attendance couldn’t stop talking about how great her presentation and lecture style was.

We had a great time and we can’t wait to get back out there on the lecture circuit!

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Meet Duckie with her fashionable vest…


Meet Duckie! She is sporting a fashionable vest that holds a Holter monitor. Holter monitors are used to diagnose arrhythmias by continuously recording an animal’s heart rate and rhythm over a period of 24 hours.

Pets with intermittent episodes of weakness or collapse may have a Holter monitor placed by the ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital’s Cardiology team to determine if an abnormal heart rhythm is the underlying cause of signs seen at home. The vests protect the monitoring device while pets go about their daily activities. If your pet’s cardiologist recommends a Holter monitor, your pet can also strut their stuff for a day in their very own form fitting black vest.

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Rockin’ Rocko

Rocko is a young Sphynx kitten who came in for a recheck with his board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Steve Cole at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – San Fernando Valley.

Our team loves Rocko for his bubbly purr-sonality and they look forward to each visit they get with him! Rocko’s parents sent this photo of Rocko relaxing and thought it should be shared with everyone… and we agree!

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How a Balloon Fixed This Pit’s Heart.

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Cranberry-sittingCranberry was diagnosed with severe pulmonary stenosis when she was just a few months old, meaning flow of blood from the right ventricle of the heart to the pulmonary artery was obstructed, causing pressure and stress on the heart.

Depending on the severity of the obstruction, it can cause issues like a murmur, an arrhythmia, or even congestive heart failure. Upon diagnosis, Cranberry’s regular veterinarian referred her over to Dr. Steve Cole, the head of Cardiology at ACCESS San Fernando Valley.

Cranberry was part of the rescue group Angel City Pits, who after meeting with Dr. Cole, decided they wanted to pursue a procedure that would correct the issue. Dr. Cole teamed up with Dr. Yonathan Buks, one of the surgeons at ACCESS, to perform a balloon valvuloplasty in our interventional radiology suite. Using fluoroscopy, they were able to see a live x-ray of Cranberry’s heart. They made a small incision to insert a catheter that was used to guide the balloon (see below) the exact point needed to repair Cranberry’s heart. The balloon was successfully inflated at the point of the obstruction to open the path and allow blood to flow properly.

Cranberry made a full recovery and will now live a full, healthy life. She’s now considered a “foster fail” as her original foster mom decided to adopt her and officially make her a part of the family! We are so happy we were able to help Cranberry and thrilled that she has found a loving forever home.

If you would like to support Angel City Pits, please visit www.angelcitypits.org

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