Cardiorespiratory - Veterinary Referral Centre



The cardiorespiratory service at The Veterinary Referral Centre is run by Dr Babis Koffas, European Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology.

Available equipment and procedures offered:

  • Echocardiography (2-D, M-mode, colour flow and spectral Doppler)
  • Tissue Doppler imaging (pulsed-TDI)
  • Thoracic radiography
  • Multichannel ECG
  • 24-hour ambulatory ECG Holter monitoring
  • Indirect blood pressure monitoring
  • Pericardiocentesis & thoracocentesis
  • DC electrical cardioversion
  • Non-invasive transthoracic temporary pacing
  • Bronchoscopy

Indications for referral to the Cardiorespiratory service:

  • Cough
  • Heart murmur
  • Gallop sound
  • Arrhythmia
  • Episodic weakness or collapse
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Dyspnoea or Breathlessness
  • Pleural effusion
  • Ascites
  • Breed Club heart testing schemes


Interventional Cardiology

  • Balloon Valvuloplasty (widening of the stenotic valve) for Pulmonic Stenosis (PS)
  • Minimally invasive closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Placement of Pacemakers


Babis would be happy to discuss or admit any case requiring cardiorespiratory investigation.


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