Can stress bring out HCM in a cat - reply by Dr. Kittleson himself
- This was a question about HCM and if stress could possibly bring out
the gene that causes HCM and thus start the disease cycle........
From the Feline Health list..........
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Re: [FAN-H] Stress "bringing out" HCM
From Dr. Kittleson himself:
A cat that has severe HCM and is either in mild heart failure or is on the
brink of going into heart failure can be stressed and go into worse heart
failure. Cats love to hide their clinical signs so this is not
instance, a cat that has mild and even moderate heart failure
pleural effusion) will often look normal to an owner although if you
the cat's breathing rate it would be elevated. When that cat gets stressed
(goes to a veterinarian's office, gets in a cat fight, gets chased by
a dog) its
heart rate goes up and its left ventricle gets stiffer, making it
it to fill. When this happens the heart failure suddenly worsens and
like the cat has an acute form of heart failure.
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