It’s unbelievable that doctors used a human-based, heart surgery procedure to save a dog in Philadelphia. The high-tech procedure is for people with cardiac diseases, but for the very first time, it helped to save a dog.
The dog that underwent the procedure
Her name is Sophie, a dog with a golden heart, which has now become the talk of the town. Since her owner Karen Cortellino saw her, she fell head over heels in love with the dog. However, their lovely story almost became miserable when the boxer, aged 9, suddenly fainted.
The sad news
Later, the owner learned that Sophie had an arrhythmia, an erratic heartbeat, just like the one diagnosed in people. Sadly, the doctors told her that even with the right medication, there was still a high risk of abrupt death.
The dog’s Cardiologist, Dr. Anna Gelzer from Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, diagnosed Sophie with arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy. However, the same condition in people had a treatment that could also work for the dog.
The cardiologist used the heart surgery procedure, ventricular tachycardia, and, with the help of human doctors from Penn Medicine, performed it on Sophie using the same equipment used on people. The procedure involves the use of a high-energy catheter, which burns the minute damaged tissues of the heart to restore normal operation.
The surgery was a success
Despite most people doubting that it would work, the surgery was successful. Sophie is now back in good health, all thanks to the human desire to save her life. Sophie’s owner couldn’t believe the outcome, and she was glad that everything turned out okay.
The successful heart surgery is a historic breakthrough that gives hope for other dogs such as boxers and American bulldogs, which are prone to the same heart disease.
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