What Is Feline HCM?

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What is feline HCM?

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HCM is the abbreviation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It is a type of heart disease. This condition can not only occur on human, but also on cats. When a cat gets hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, we say it has feline HCM. It’s hard to find out the causes of HCM in cats, but studies have shown that certain breeds of cats are more prone to be affected by the disease.

Some cats with HCM have heart murmurs, while others have no signs in early stages. The diagnosis of early HCM can be difficult with obvious symptoms. Typical symptoms of feline HCM include:

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Rapid and difficult breathing

Extreme lethargy

Life-threatening blood clots

There are other signs that may occur on a cat with HCM, such as a heart murmur, decreased activities, weight loss, and sudden onset of paralysis in hind legs.

 

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