"As the mitral valve degenerates, the valve no longer fully closes after each pumping action, allowing some blood to flow backwards through them from the ventricle back into the atrium. As the condition worsens, more and more blood is able to backflow through the valve. In the final stages, the valve’s struts sometimes break, causing the valve to collapse completely"
Recently, George Kramer, a veterinary Cardiologist, from,ATLANTIC COAST VETS has developed a device, which effectively 'shuts off' the leaky valve, with a far less invasive surgical procedure.
Kramer, and his surgical team sought funding via Indiegogo, for the first stage and are now seeking funding, to carry on with clinical trials.
Having mentioned the 'science bit' its important to mention, the emotional devastation that is faced with this heartbreaking disease.
This disease almost always leads to congestive heart failure, medications, can help, but they can only slow down the effects, eventually they will fail to help, and the dog will die. There is no definite timing of when this will happen. For some, medication will help for long periods, for others, very short periods. I chose to write this article because i have a personal interest in a cure as one week ago today, Jack, my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, died suddenly, of an MVD related disease. He was diagnosed only 3 weeks before. It was only one day after the first anniversary of the death of our Popeye, also a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who also died of MVD. During Popeye's last few weeks, his meds were failing. The only way that he could rest comfortably, was if I sat up and held him upright. He was my partners best friend,and was utterly devoted to him. So much so, that he used all of his last bit of strength to raise his head and look into his eyes, as he drew his last breath. Popeye and Jacks mother Aries, also has this, yet outlived both her sons. Its sadly just a timebomb, waiting to explode. Shortly before Popeye's death, the story that a UK Cardiologist, performed a risky operation on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,was in the news. It was the first of its kind as they were previously only undertaken in the USA. A week before Jack died, I logged into my Twitter account and read the trending news about the Tucker Heart Valve. I hope and pray, that this research is highly successful, putting an end to the heartbreak, and helping Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and other breeds affected by this.
Sadly, Aries has now died from this disease (03/02/2016) Her valve suddenly collapsed after the medications, were no longer able to help.