Feline idiopathic cardiomyopathy: a retrospective study of 106 cats (1994-2001)

Luca Ferasin, C P Sturgess, MJ Cannon, Sarah M A Caney, Timothy J Gruffydd-Jones, Paul R Wotton

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    The case records of 106 cats with idiopathic cardiomyopathy that presented to the Feline Centre of the University of Bristol between September 1994 and September 2001 were reviewed retrospectively. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was the most common form seen (57.5%), followed by restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) (20.7%), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (10.4%) and unclassified cardiomyopathy (UCM) (10.4%). One cat showed echocardiographic changes compatible with a moderator band cardiomyopathy (MBCM). Most affected cats were domestic short hairs (DSH) (57.5%). The mean (±SD, range) age of cats with cardiomyopathy at presentation was 6.8 (4.3, 0.5–16) years, with an equal distribution of males and females. Clinical findings, electrocardiographic changes and radiographic abnormalities were also reviewed. The median survival time for 73 cats for which follow-up data was available was 300 days. A greater survival time was observed for cats with UCM (925 days) when compared with those with HCM (492 days), RCM (132 days) or DCM (11 days).
    Translated title of the contributionFeline idiopathic cardiomyopathy: a retrospective study of 106 cats (1994-2001)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-159
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


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