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           Cats fall victim to several of the same cardiac (heart) conditions that afflict humans. Fortunately, clogging of cardiac arteries with plaques and plugs is rare. Cats have a high fat tolerance, so we don’t have to worry about good and bad cholesterols.

           The most common feline cardiac disease is cardiomyopathy. We will want to do a chest X-ray and EKG and/or an Echocardiogram to rule out progressive heart disease. Most of these cardiac problems can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. This is why we will strongly recommend full diagnostics because in 75% of these cases our intervention can be quite effective in preserving quality of life and longevity.
 
The symptoms of heart disease are:
Heart murmurs or abnormal rhythms.
Increased respiratory rate and effort.
Decreased activity and or desire to play or race about.
General malaise.
Lack of appetite.
Coughing or wheezing.

 

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