Prevalence of heart disease in symptomatic cats: an overview from 1998 to 2005

Riesen, S C; Kovacevic, A; Lombard, C W; Amberger, C (2007). Prevalence of heart disease in symptomatic cats: an overview from 1998 to 2005. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 149(2), pp. 65-71. Bern: Huber 10.1024/0036-7281.149.2.65

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A total of 408 cats with various cardiovascular problems has been presented to two investigational clinics during the last 8 years. The number of yearly examinations has steadily increased during this period. Definitive cardiovascular disease was diagnosed in 287 cats, whereby hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was the most common diagnosis with 67.6%. Congenital cardiovascular malformations were found in 11.8% of the cases. Ventricular septal defect (VSD) was the most frequent anomaly, in contrast to previously published studies. The ECG was found to be relatively non-specific and insensitive for the diagnosis of heart disease: Its usefulness lies in the recognition and diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias. The radiographically recognized changes were also non-specific for certain heart diseases. Radiographs of the thorax are especially useful in the evaluation of cardiomegaly, and secondary signs of congestion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

UniBE Contributor:

Riesen, Sabine; Kovacevic, Alan and Lombard, Christophe Werner

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:54

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2014 15:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0036-7281.149.2.65

PubMed ID:

17343132

Web of Science ID:

000244254300004

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22941 (FactScience: 37925)

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