Tasmanian Devil Receives Pacemaker!

»»Tasmanian Devil Receives Pacemaker!

After undergoing surgery to implant a pacemaker, Tasmanian devil “Nick” is back in his habitat at San Diego Zoo’s Australian Outback section.

Nick was closely monitored by zoo veterinarians at an off-exhibit area for two weeks after his surgery – only the second to ever be performed on a Tasmanian devil.

During a routine health exam in January zoo veterinarians discovered Nick had an abnormal heart rhythm, cardiac conduction disorder, which causes his heart to beat very slowly.

Zoo veterinarians consulted with cardiologist Joao Orvalho, DVM —a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, from the University of California, Davis—and determined the best way to improve the quality of Nick’s life was to surgically implant a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat.

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Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Tasmanian-Devil-Back-in-Habitat-After-Pacemaker-Surgery–381586391.html#ixzz4AUE6aDUs

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