Introducing Cardiology Services at DoveLewis

Friday, March 31, 2017

DoveLewis is proud to add cardiology to its growing list of specialty services. Dr. Caryn Reynolds will work closely with a pet owner’s primary veterinarian to provide diagnosis and treatment of pets with diseases or abnormalities of the heart, including:

  • Cardiac (heart) failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Cardiac murmur
  • Congenital heart disease (birth disorder)
  • Acquired heart disease
  • Respiratory (breathing pathway) disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Heart infections, such as heartworm

Dr. Reynold’s background includes degrees from the veterinary schools at Colorado State University and University of Pennsylvania. She was a professor at Louisiana State University and a medical director at a New Mexico animal hospital, where she developed a new cardiology program.

Get to know Dr. Caryn Reynolds, our newest board-certified veterinary specialist:

Why did you choose to specialize in cardiology?
I like cardiology because it’s an interesting mix of work, from imaging to surgery. I also get to follow up with my patients over time, so I really get to know the animals and their families.

Why did you choose to join the DoveLewis hospital team?
I wanted to be at a big hospital and work with the best of the best – lots of other veterinarians, technicians and staff who can all collaborate on patient care. I also really enjoy treating cases of acute heart failure and acute arrhythmia that come in through the ER. So, I was looking for a hospital that would allow me to collaborate with ER and critical care veterinarians.

What are some of the main illnesses you see as an animal cardiologist?
There are a few different categories. Patients can be born with a defect in their heart, such as a hole in their heart or a heart valve that wasn’t formed properly. Those things can often be treated with medication to help the heart perform better or with surgery to repair those problems.

Patients can also acquire heart disease as they age. These can be infections that affect the heart, genetic diseases that don’t allow the heart to pump properly, or a valve that no longer works properly as it ages. We treat symptoms from those issues with medication, and we can often provide medical therapy to help the problem. As they age and as their disease changes, the therapy may be adjusted over time.

Do you specialize in a specific cardiology issue?
Cardiology encompasses a lot, and we have all things that we like treating a little bit more. I really enjoy treating acute heart failure in a sick patient. But the part I’ve grown to like the most is treating patients over time and really maximizing the quality of life for a patient that has a serious heart illness.

What do you look forward to now that you live in the Portland area?
I look forward to exploring new mountains, being in a larger city, and checking out all the amazing restaurants that I’ve already started to explore.

Do you have pets of your own?
I have a mixed-breed, 6-year-old dog named Hazel, a 3-year-old cat named Goodman and a 7-year-old cat named Cora.


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