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Heart Health in Cats

Healthy hearts in cats depends on a variety of factors and can be controlled by early diagnosis and treatment with medications and diet. Explore more on cardiomyopathy, feline heartworm, congestive heart failure, and other potential threats to the health of cats' hearts.

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Steve Dale's little Devon Rex cat, Ricky, died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the tender age of four. While Steve mourned Ricky, he also wanted to honor his life by creating the Ricky Fund at the Winn Feline Foundation. In the years since Ricky's passing, a number of important research studies on HCM have been funded by the Ricky Fund. Read more about this amazing cat and his equally amazing l…

Heart and Lung Diseases in Cats
Endomyocarditis, or inflammation of the inner heart muscle and lining, is an acute heart and lung (cardiopulmonary) disease that typically develops following a stressful event. It is characterized by interstitial pneumonia, and inflammation of the innermost portion of the heart. Pneumonia is usually severe and commonly results in death. Learn more about endomyocarditis and endocardial fibroelasto…

Heart Failure in Cats
Right-sided congestive heart failure occurs when the heart fails to pump blood at the rate required to meet the basic needs of the body. While it is not curable, there are treatment options that can improve the quality of life for your cat. Article by PetMD for About.com

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Feline disease profile on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart which affects cats of all ages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of HCM.

Feline Hypertension
Although hypertension was uncommon in cats at one time, since cats are living longer today, it is seen more frequently than in previous years.

Heartworm Disease - Veterinary Q&A
Discussion on Heartworm in dogs and cats by Dr. Janet Crosby, Veterinary Medicine Guide

Feline Heartworm
Cats are at risk from Heartworm, too. These three articles will help you understand more about it

Heartworm Disease in Cats
Prevention is the best medicine, says the AVMA.

Feline HCM
Explanation of how the heart functions, what (HCM) is, how a veterinarian diagnoses HCM, and the goal of prescribing medications to manage it.

Principles of Heart Disease
Discussion of the differences between heart disease and heart failure, from VetHeart.

Pulmonary Edema and Cardiomyopathy
Dr. Mike Richards describes cardiomyopathy as related to the use of anesthetics with cats, as well as non-anesthesia-related cardiomyopathy.

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