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Companion Animal Practice
Canine dilated cardiomyopathy 2. Pathophysiology and treatment
  1. Joanna Dukes McEwan

    Joanna Dukes McEwan graduated from Glasgow in 1986. After spending some time in practice and working as a house physician, she returned to Glasgow as a resident in small animal clinical studies, majoring in cardiology, internal medicine and neurology. She was awarded the RCVS certificate in small animal cardiology in 1989 and the diploma in veterinary cardiology in 1992. She has an MVM in veterinary neurology and a PhD for studies on canine dilated cardiomyopathy. She is an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and currently works as a research fellow in veterinary cardiology at Edinburgh.


A GOOD understanding of the underlying pathophysiology is required to enable a sensible approach to the treatment and management of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This article describes the mechanisms involved in congestive heart failure associated with DCM, and outlines the options available for treatment and management. An article in the previous issue discussed some of the breed-specific manifestations of canine DCM and the approach to diagnosis (In Practice, October 2000, pp 520-530).

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