The most common type of heart disease in cats, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), may be tough to detect since so many cats are asymptomatic. That is one good reason why visiting the veterinarian every year (at least once) is so important. Your veterinarian may be able to detect disease that cat owners can’t possibly.
A project funded by Winn’s Ricky Fund followed cats diagnosed with HCM for five years, and compared cardiac patients with those that were not. This was a true global study, likely the largest ever in the cat world.
Fox talks about specific drugs. He also speaks about blood clots that may occur in these HCM cats, and if they can be avoided. And if a fairly new test called CardioPet ProBNP really does help. Cats most at risk might also benefit, or not, from the CardioPet ProBNP test, an inexpensive blood test which can offer clues to the veterinarian before jumping to the far more expensive gold standard test, an echocardiogram.
Some cats with murmurs have HCM, some not. Fox also talks about irregular heartbeats and their relation to HCM.
Fox offers advice about what cat owners can do regarding cardiac health.
Fox spoke about one way to help folks like him and his colleagues to better and ultimately treat heart disease in cats is to give dollars – whatever you have is fine, to the Winn Feline Foundation’s Ricky Fund, where the dollars will go to support HCM studies.
Here are further details on what Fox spoke about at the 36th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium.