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Companion Animal Practice
Rationale for the use of drugs in the treatment of cardiovascular disease 1. Diuretics
  1. Adrian Boswood

    Adrian Boswood graduated from Cambridge in 1989. He initially spent a year in mixed practice before joining the Royal Veterinary College as an intern. He subsequently completed a residency in small animal internal medicine and was then a clinical instructor for three years. He has recently been appointed lecturer in internal medicine and has a special interest in cardiothoracic medicine. He was awarded the RCVS diploma in veterinary cardiology this year.

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THIS is the first in a series of articles discussing the rationale for the use of various types of drugs in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in dogs and cats. It begins, as is prudent when considering the motives for the use of any cardiovascular therapy, by reflecting on the pathophysiological mechanisms that result in signs of heart failure. It goes on to set out an approach to assist decision-making in the administration of a diuretic agent to a patient with heart disease.

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