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J Feline Med Surg. 2011 Apr;13(4):266-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.12.007. Epub 2011 Jan 26.

Prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of cardiac disease in apparently healthy cats with murmurs.

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Advanced Veterinary Care Center, 15926 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260, USA. r.kiyoshi.nakamura@gmail.com

Abstract

The objective of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of heart disease in apparently healthy cats with heart murmurs. Thirty-two privately owned domestic cats were examined. All cats were considered healthy on the basis of history and physical examination, except for the finding of a heart murmur on auscultation. Cats on any medications (besides regular flea, tick and heartworm preventative) or that were pregnant or lactating were excluded from this study. The prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of heart disease in this population of cats was 53%. Therefore, identification of a heart murmur on routine physical examination in apparently healthy cats warrants further investigation.

PMID:
21276739
DOI:
10.1016/j.jfms.2010.12.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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