Species-Spanning Echocardiography: Cardiovascular Insights from Across the Animal Kingdom.
Current Cardiology Reports
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The objective of this review is to present comparative echocardiography as a source of insights for human cardiovascular medicine.
RECENT FINDINGS: We present echocardiographic examples of high impact human cardiovascular pathologies, including valvular, vascular, conduction, and myocardial disorders, in a wide range of species in varying environments. Unique features associated with comparative echocardiographic assessments are linked to human cardiology, including natural animal models of resistance and vulnerability. The cardiovascular vulnerabilities and strengths of other species can be a source of invaluable insights for human healthcare professionals. Echocardiography is playing a key role in bridging human and veterinary cardiology. Consequently, species-spanning echocardiography can deliver novel insights for human medicine.
Horowitz BN, Kutinsky IB, Linde A. Species-Spanning Echocardiography: Cardiovascular Insights from Across the Animal Kingdom. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 Oct 10;22(12):165. doi: 10.1007/s11886-020-01417-8. PMID: 33037937.