Identifying and Dealing with Heart Disease in Cats


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A conversation very near and dear to my heart, Dr. Brian Scansen, professor Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine on by far the most common heart disease in cats, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). In fact, HCM may be the most common cause of death in all adult cats from the age of about 2-years to 10 years.

Dr. Scansen describes the three most common outcomes of HCM. The fourth outcome is one cat parents hope for – and that is there is nothing that happens, except that the cat lives out a normal life.

Dr. Scansen talks about how heart disease is identified, and treatment – which we need to do far better at. And that is why I began the Ricky Fund to support funding for studies with the EveryCat Health Foundation.

At this point, well over $300,000 has been raised with the Ricky Fund, and we are slowly making clear progress toward an effective treatment. Here’s a talk I gave regarding the Ricky the piano playing cat and the Ricky Fund.