Canine degenerative myxomatous mitral valve disease: natural history, clinical presentation and therapy.

@article{Borgarelli2010CanineDM,
  title={Canine degenerative myxomatous mitral valve disease: natural history, clinical presentation and therapy.},
  author={Michele Borgarelli and Jens Haggstrom},
  journal={The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice},
  year={2010},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={651-63}
}
Myxomatous mitral valve disease is a common condition in geriatric dogs. Most dogs affected are clinically asymptomatic for a long time. However, about 30% of these animals present a progression to heart failure and eventually die as a consequence of the disease. Left atrial enlargement, and particularly a change in left atrial size, seems to be the most reliable predictor of progression in some studies, however further studies are needed to clarify how to recognize asymptomatic patients at… CONTINUE READING
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