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Clinical Studies

Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease Studies

CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets is currently participating in 3 Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease Studies.

Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease is the most common form of heart disease in dogs.  CVCA is pleased to be working alongside colleagues on these studies to collect data in the diagnosis and management, finding potential genetic markers and assess the natural history of this disease to help identify risk factors for progression and death.


▪️CVCA participates with other cardiologist colleagues throughout the U.S. and Europe.
▪️Evaluates the utility of certain markers in the bloodstream to determine the patients best suited for medical management.
Hopeful data will help in the diagnosis and management of Mitral Valve Disease.


▪️CVCA will begin working with a major pharmaceutical company to provide blood samples of small, purebred dogs afflicted with varying stages of Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease.
▪️The goal is to find genetic markers that may be prevalent in dogs affected with Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease vs. markers that may be breed specific.
▪️This may lead to genetic testing to help with breeding recommendations to reduce the prevalence of this disease.


▪️CVCA collaborating with Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine for this study.
▪️The purpose of the study is to assess the natural history of Mitral Valve Disease in a large referred population of dogs, assess the prevalence and effects of co-morbidities on the history of the disease and to identify risk factors for progression and death.