Category Archives: Cardiology

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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Everyday Medicine: Heart disease grading scale for dogs

An infographic outlining the four stages of canine heart disease

“Everyday Medicine” is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures common in daily Animal Medical Center practice. Some past examples of this type of blog post include fecal examination and vomiting or regurgitation. Today’s post focuses on the scale used by AMC cardiologists to define the severity of heart failure. The veterinary

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