Animals and Humans Share Some of the Same Diseases

By Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Contra Costa Times

For the past several years, one of my longtime doctor pals has been caring for two sets of patients: humans and animals.

It all started when Barbara Natterson Horowitz, a heart specialist at UCLA Medical Center, was asked to perform echocardiograms on primates at the L.A. Zoo. She almost gasped in wonder the first few times she viewed images of oh-so-familiar structures like atria, ventricles, and valves in apes and chimps.

Before long, Natterson Horowitz realized the benefits – both in clinical care and research – to be gained from a closer study of animal heart disease as well as from closer ties between MDs and veterinarians.

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