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Once mitral valve disease MVD is detected, its progression can be monitored with stethoscopic examinations auscultationsx-rays, respiratory rates breaths per minute while resting or asleepechocardiograms, and color Doppler echocardiograms.
If a cavalier's heart murmur is first detected by a general practice veterinarian, it should be confirmed within 3 to 6 months by a specialist, preferably a board certified veterinary cardiologist.
If it still is detected, the dog has MVD. The first indication of MVD which is detectible apart from an echocardiograph ultrasound examination, is the presence of a soft whistling sound, called a "murmur", which can be heard by a veterinarian using a stethoscope, which is called auscultation.
The murmur sound is caused by the turbulent flow of blood jetting backwards through the damaged leaflets of the mitral valve from the left ventricle, into the left atrium. This reverse flow of blood through the mitral valve is called mitral regurgitation MR. As simple a device as the stethoscope may seem to be, many cardiologists consider that auscultation is the best screening test there is for the identification of the presence of mitral valve regurgitation.
The loudness of the murmur determines its "grade". An alternative method of grading murmurs, discussed in this November articleprovides: While soft mitral murmurs -- Grades 1 or 2 -- almost always indicate mild MR, once the murmur edges upwards from there, there often is no correlation between the murmur's grade and the degree of mitral regurgitation.
MR usually is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Ask the cardiologist to use this standardized report form. A list of upcoming heart testing examination clinics is on our Health Clinic webpage.
See the details on the ARCH website.
Andrew Beardowwith his terrific active graphics, explain MVD. Listen to the sound of a Grade 3 MVD heart murmur here. Other levels of murmurs may be heard here.
Even if the veterinarian does not hear a murmur, he might report hearing a "systolic click" when he examines the dog with his stethoscope. James Buchanan of the University of Pennsylvania has stated that "systolic clicks occur twenty-five times more frequently in cavaliers than other breeds and may be a precursor to a murmur showing up a few years later.
Once a mitral valve murmur is detected by auscultation, annual x-rays are very useful in charting the progression of the disease. However, if auscultation by stethoscope indicates that a murmur has remained mild -- Grade 1 or 2 -- and has not progressed in loudness since the murmur was first detected, a set of follow-up x-rays the next year usually is not necessary.
In a study and a studyresearchers found that the normal range of VHS values for cavaliers was from Quality and standardization of x-rays: Two x-rays of the same dog, even taken at the same session, can vary the appearance of the heart.
Variations can be due to 1 the stage of the dog's respiration inhaling versus exhaling2 the stage of the heart's contraction, 3 the centering of the x-ray beam, and 4 the position of the dog on the x-ray table, among a few causes.
Ideally, all x-rays should be taken at the end of the dog's inhalation of its breath. This may be very difficult when the x-rays are taken digitally, because there may be a delay between pushing the button and the actual x-ray beam.
Even with perfect timing, the heart size changes with each beat -- systole contraction and diastole relaxation. Standardization of x-rays of MVD-affected dogs is very important to assure that when two sets of x-rays of the same dog are compared, the cardiologist is looking at the same position and timing of the dog's heart.
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