PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – On a follow-up visit after Sophie Cortellino’s life-saving cardiac procedure, Dr. Anna Gelzer was delighted and family members were relieved to see her responding so well. Sophie agreed, her tail wagging excitedly.
FILE PHOTO: Sophie, the bulldog, undergoes a checkup after a cardiac ablation surgery performed by doctors Anna Gelzer and Cory Tschabrunn as she is tended to by Alexandra Crooks (L) at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Aleksandra Michalska
As the 9-year-old boxer lay on a metal table, Gelzer tried to push up her heart rate as part of a stress test following the procedure in August – a ventricular ablation for an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, the first performed on a dog in the United States.
“You want a cookie?!” Gelzer teased. “Want to go for a walk?!”
The jagged line tracing Sophie’s heartbeat on a monitor spiked dramatically but she lay calm and alert, and Gelzer…
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