March 2012 Issue

Feline Cardiomyopathy: Serious

The best way to take good care of your cat is to become diligent about twice-yearly veterinary exams.

To the average cat owner, cardiomyopathy may sound like a scary mouthful of a word — but all it essentially means is disease of the heart muscle. And cardiomyopathy is not one single disorder, but instead a family of heart conditions that can be classified into three types: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM); dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM); and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). The causes, signs and treatments are different for each of the conditions, and rate of progression and prognosis also vary between individual cats and between breeds.

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