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Apr 19, 2017

One for Charlie

Charlie began to show signs of a problem that is unfortunately common in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, mitral valve disease, a degenerative heart condition. In the spring of 2016, Charlie’s cough grew worse... 

Terri DeFrancesco with puppy patient

Jan 30, 2017

Veterinary Medicine From the Heart

Teresa DeFrancesco arrived at the NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH) in 1992 for her cardiology residency and never left. Known on campus as “Dr. D.” and armed with a frequently deployed infectious laugh, she talks to us about... 

vet petting dog

Dec 12, 2016

Teaming up for Nekot

Nekot is a Staffordshire terrier who came to the NC State Veterinary Hospital when he was 7 months old with a serious heart problem. In fact, when Nekot first came to NC State, it was to the hospital’s emergency room... 

Fernando, the Peruvian French Bulldog

Oct 31, 2016

A Chance at a Full Life From a Faraway Place

Last month, in Lima, Peru, Fernando (Fern) was referred to veterinary cardiologist Ricardo Martinez for evaluation of a heart murmur. The optimal treatment is a balloon valvuloplasty. The hitch: The procedure is not available in Peru... 

Dec 19, 2014

Keene Named Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor for Companion Animal Medicine

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Paul Lunn (far left) Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor Dr. Bruce Keene, benefactor Terry G. Seaks, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Clarke Atkins who holds a portrait photograph of Jane Lewis Seaks. Bruce W. Keene, a professor of cardiology, has been named the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor for Companion… 

Oct 24, 2013

Terry Center Patient, Owner Celebrate Personal Cardiology Success Stories at Charlotte Heart Walk

The 2013 Charlotte (N.C.) Heart Walk turned into a three-mile victory lap for Karen Hill and her dog, Lika. Walking with the 2,500 members of Team Wells Fargo, and helping raise more than $255,000 for the American Heart Association Sept. 21, the two celebrated their own return to heart health. I was thrilled to join the walk… 

Mar 18, 2013

NC State University Cardiologist Participates in Canine Heart Health Month Awareness Campaign

March is Canine Heart Health Month and Dr. Teresa DeFrancesco, an associate professor of cardiology at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is participating in a series of radio and television interviews to help raise awareness that congestive heart failure is one of the leading causes of death in dogs. A goal of the public… 

May 14, 2012

NC State University Terry Center Cardiology Service Ensures Heart Patients Lead Full Lives

Heart disease affects some 10% of dogs and perhaps 15% of cats. Early diagnosis can provide a significant opportunity for treatment to alter the progression of many heart diseases, and most pets with heart disease can continue to lead full, active, and happy lives with appropriate therapy. Ensuring these pets do live active and happy lives is the goal of the Cardiology… 

Feb 9, 2012

NC State Offers National Cardiology Care Network to Support Dogs, Cats with Heart Disease

Veterinary cardiologists at North Carolina State University have created an interactive heart-care resource to help veterinarians and pet owners across the country support dogs and cats with heart disease. The NC State Cardiology Care Network, developed by clinicians with the Cardiology Service at NC State’s Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center (Terry Center) provides a range…