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He Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Center (CVZ) of the CES University implanted the first pacemaker in a feline in Colombia, a successful operation that was carried out on January 24, 2020.

Romeo, a Maine Coon cat, became the first feline in Colombia and one of the few in Latin America in which a pacemaker was implanted to treat a heart disease that had affected him for some time. The surgery, the only one of its kind in the country, was performed by specialists from the CES University of Medellín.

The 9-year-old feline arrived in December 2019 at the CES University Veterinary and Zootechnical Center (CVZ), located in the municipality of Envigado, Antioquia, with symptoms of fainting. After a rigorous diagnosis, the veterinarians determined that the animal suffered from a grade 3 auroventricular block, that is, an interruption of the electrical impulses from the atria to the ventricles.

“This breed is predisposed to have cardiological problems. Romeo came to CVZ in December 2019. At this point he was fainting every minute. He only managed to get up and then faint and that was due to an electrical activity in his heart ”, confirmed Dr. María Adelaida Mejía Durango, coordinator of the Center's Veterinary Cardiology area.

It was then like on January 24, 2020, a group of specialists in human and animal health made up of two anesthesiologists, four cardiologists, an internist, a veterinary neurosurgeon, two instrumenters, a radiologist, a student in the last semester of Veterinary Medicine and Assistants participated in the pacemaker implant surgery in the operating room of the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center (CVZ).

The surgery that began at 12:45 pm lasted until 2:57 pm According to the medical staff, the intervention to be the first with these characteristics in a feline in Colombia, since a similar to a canine in Bogotá, was classified as successful.

This procedure is novel because putting a pacemaker in a cat is not common in Colombia or in the world. At the international level there are few reported cases. It is novel because we did it with an interdisciplinary team: we joined forces with cardiologists from CES University, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular medicine and anesthesiologists, and we worked with the Center's veterinarians to perform this surgery and others in the future, to contribute to the well-being of our pets.”Concluded the veterinary cardiologist Mejía Durango.

After spending three days in postoperative recovery, Romeo was discharged from the hospitalization area of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Center of CES University on Monday, January 27, 2020. He is currently in good health, excellent physical performance and a weight of 5.8 kilograms.

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Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Center (CVZ)

Neurosurgeon: Dr. Juan Pablo Villegas

Veterinary Cardiologist: Dra. María Adelaida Mejía

Anesthesiologist: Dr. Karim Arcadio Piñerua

Internal Physician: David García Zapata.

CES Cardiology staff

Surgeon: Luis Andrés Vélez

Electrophysiologist: Dr. Juan Carlos Díaz

Cardiologist: Dr. Jorge Marín MD.

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