Don't Overlook This Important Patient History Question

March 24, 2018

Many people forget that orthopnea often presents as the inability to become comfortable and sleep at night, says H. Edward Durham Jr. CVT, RVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology), senior veterinary anesthesia technician at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

H. Edward Durham Jr. CVT, RVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology), senior veterinary anesthesia technician at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, says too often veterinary professionals fail to ask about symptoms that patients display at night.

Many people forget that orthopnea often presents as the inability to become comfortable and sleep at night, he adds. In failing to ask, a veterinarian might miss subtle signs that a patient is on the verge of heart failure.