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1. Aortic Stenosis in Dogs
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the pathway for blood leaving the heart. The narrowing is usually beneath the aortic valve of the left ventricle; the condition is then called subvalvular aortic stenosis or SAS for short.
2. Atrial Fibrillation in Dogs
In atrial fibrillation the normally coordinated electrical activity in the upper heart chambers, the right atrium and left atrium, is lost. The muscle of these chambers begins to wiggle like a "bag full of worms."
3. Chronic Valvular Heart Disease in Dogs
Valvular heart disease is a condition characterized by degeneration and thickening of the heart valves. Valvular heart disease is very common and represents the most important of adult canine heart diseases.
4. Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
Heart failure is a condition, caused by an abnormality in the structure or the function of the heart, in which it is unable to pump normal quantities of blood to the tissues of the body.
5. Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (DCM)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease characterized by dilation or enlargement of the heart chambers and markedly reduced contraction. DCM is very common in dogs, representing the most common reason for congestive heart failure (CHF).
6. Endocarditis in Dogs
Endocarditis is a serious infection involving the valves of the heart, and is usually a bacterial infection, although on rare occasions fungal infections can occur. This condition is uncommon in dogs, and very rare in cats.
7. Heart Attack in Dogs
The term heart attack is often misunderstood in relation to dogs and cats. The term is typically used to either define a collapsing episode or to describe sudden death of an animal, neither of which are really heart attacks.
8. Heart Murmurs in Dogs
Heart murmurs are auscultatory sounds created by turbulent or disturbed blood flow through the heart or vasculature. They can be heard over any region of the heart and can be associated with a variety of causes
9. Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Canine heartworm disease is a common condition caused by the threadlike worm Dirofilaria immitis. The name "heartworm" is a bit misleading because only in very heavy infestations do the worms actually reside in the heart itself.
10. Hypertension in Dogs
Elevated blood pressure is an increase in the systolic or diastolic arterial blood pressure (ABP). A systolic ABP should not exceed 170 to 180 mm Hg and diastolic should not exceed the 100 to 110 mm Hg range.

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