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Watching out for your cat's health is important, and the first step to accomplish this is by bringing them into A Cat Hospital so our Henderson veterinarian can make sure they are happy and healthy. Your cat could already be living with an unknown heart condition. Our veterinarians recommend having a cardiac workup done in order to go over your cat’s health history and conduct some tests to determine if they are at risk of developing a serious heart condition.
Like humans, it is possible for a cat to have problems with their heart, even if they don't have any symptoms. One way to stay one step ahead of feline heart disease is to have a cardiac workup done on your cat. Cardiac workups are not exclusively for older cats since even younger cats can have problems, such as heart murmurs, valve problems or an enlarged heart that may require extra attention from their veterinarian.
For cats, a test called B-Type Natriretic Polypeptide (BNP) is conducted to measure levels of peptide in the blood. If these are too high, your cat may have feline heart disease.
The most common heart problem in cats is cardiomyopathy or an abnormality in the structure of the heart. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common type, characterized by the thickening of the heart’s muscle tissues. As a muscle, the heart can be thickened (hypertrophic), stretched out (dilated), or intermediate. Any abnormalities in the muscle affect the heart's ability to collect and pump blood. Cardiomyopathy affects both young and old cats alike, so pet owners should be aware of the common signs of the disease:
If left undiagnosed and untreated, cardiomyopathy can lead to sudden death.
In addition to a BNP test, your cat may also receive other tests such as:
If your cat is older or if you know of any history of heart problems in your cat's family history, we recommend speaking to your veterinarian about receiving a cardiac workup. Additionally, your cat could be more susceptible to heart disease if they are a larger breed of cat, such as :
The mere mention of cardiac disease can be worrisome for any cat owner, but the sooner it is identified the better chance there is of managing symptoms and making the right lifestyle changes that will help your cat live as full of a life as possible. At A Cat Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, we are dedicated to helping you do just that. To learn more about cardiac care for cats, or any of the other veterinary services we provide, contact us at A Cat Hospital in Henderson, NV at 702-454-4400 to schedule an appointment.