Health

October 2013 Issue

A Promising New Test for Heart Failure

The screening could provide earlier diagnosis of an underlying condition and help improve and extend life

Congestive heart failure, characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and other body tissues secondary to heart disease, might appear to strike suddenly. In many cases, however, it results from a progressive underlying disease that, if detected early, can be managed to improve and extend a cat’s life. “Very often, we can help pets,” says cardiologist Bruce G. Kornreich, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the Feline Health Center at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “There are medications that can decrease congestion in lungs, may decrease the likelihood of an animal developing blood clots and can improve oxygenation of the blood.

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