HeartSmart: Information on Pets with Heart Disease
HeartSmart is intended to help the owners of dogs and cats with heart disease. The site aims to provide information on the common heart diseases in dogs and cats, tests that are commonly done to help diagnose heart disease, drugs commonly used to treat heart disease, and possible outcomes for affected pets.
HeartSmart is created by the board-certified veterinary cardiologists and veterinary nutritionists at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. It strives to be a source of science-based information about heart disease in pets.
We hope you find HeartSmart a helpful resource. If you have specific areas of interest, please use our Heart Disease A-Z.
We are committed to helping you and your veterinarian care for your loved pet.
What is a Veterinary Cardiologist and How Do I Find One?
A veterinary cardiologist is a veterinarian with 3 years of advanced education and training in treating pets with heart disease. Veterinary cardiologists become board certified after finishing training and passing a rigorous examination given by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
A veterinary cardiologist will usually be referred to as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the Specialty of Cardiology, or Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology).
Special thanks to Amanda Oppold for her outstanding assistance in generating content for the HeartSmart site.
The Barkley Fund
Barkley, the Great Dane the Barkley Fund honors
The Barkley Fund makes the HeartSmart website possible. This fund supports the advancement of veterinary cardiology and veterinary emergency and critical care medicine through research, collaboration, and training.
The Barkley Fund was established to celebrate a special Great Dane and to honor all those who are devoted to dogs and cats. Barkley suffered from a heart disorder that is almost always fatal. Cummings veterinarians devised an innovative program of medication and diet that helped Barkley live a full, high-quality life.
Barkley's owners established the Barkley Fund to foster ongoing innovation in cardiology and emergency/critical care medicine. The fund provides resources for activities that promote scientific inquiry, collaboration, and training.
In addition to supporting the development of the HeartSmart website, the Barkley Fund has enabled many important studies that have contributed to our knowledge of veterinary cardiology and nutrition at the Cummings School, such as:
Veterinarians in practice can learn to do a brief Echo to screen cats for heart disease