Category Archives: Cardiology

How to Protect Your Pet’s Heart

Veterinarian listens to dog's heartbeat

February is American Heart Month in recognition of the more than 600,000 Americans who die from heart disease every year. In a normal year, heart disease is the number one cause of death and affects people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and these days, COVID-19. Since

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Leeches, bloodletting, and phlebotomy in the 21st century

A historical illustration of bloodletting

Starting with the ancient Egyptians and continuing through the 19th century, bloodletting – the therapeutic removal of blood from the body – was a commonly practiced medical procedure. According to Hippocrates, illness was caused by an imbalance of the four basic humors: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. Procedures such as bloodletting, purging, catharsis and

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Celebrate American Heart Month with your Pet

A veterinarian examines a dog

Valentine’s Day was last weekend and that holiday has me thinking of hearts. I’m not thinking of the chocolate-covered marshmallow type (although I gratefully accepted all bestowed upon me) – I’m thinking about the heart health of your favorite fur person. It’s a timely thought since the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood

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