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This page is under development but will include medical, dietary,
behavorial, as well as "fun" resources for cat owners.
Heart disease is
common in all breeds of cats. Some types of heart disease can be
detected in early stages by your local vet; however, others may
only be found by doing an echocardiogram. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
(HCM) is one type of heart disease that breeders are beginning to
test for on a regular basis. Here are two very good webpages describing
what HCM is, and is not.
PawPeds explanation of HCM Screening Forms
Jody A. Chinitz; Marcia J. Munro; and Mark D. Kittleson, DVM, PhD,
Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology).
I've included a page showing scans of normal,
and "elongated" papillary muscles (which are
mentioned in the "Papillary Muscles" section on the Pawpeds
located in southern california
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