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  • Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
    Ten percent of dogs are affected with heart disease.
  • Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
    Most times, medications can improve the quality of life for dogs with heart disease.
  • Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
    Some breeds have a predisposition for heart problems and benefit from routine screening.
  • Up to one in six cats have heart disease.
    Up to one in six cats have heart disease.

Echocardiography (Echo)

Ultrasound of the heart. This allows noninvasive evaluation of the cardiac anatomy, function of the heart muscle and valves, as well as blood flow through the heart and pressures in the heart using Doppler techniques. The vast majority of congenital heart defects and acquired heart diseases can be definitively diagnosed with echocardiography.