• Debbie Sprenger

HCM development analyzed per breed (part 1) (nog te vertalen)

Introduction

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition that causes the muscular walls of a cat’s heart to thicken, decreasing the heart’s efficiency which can lead to heart failure. HCM is the most commonly diagnosed cardiac disease in cats. HCM can also occurs in other mammals and in humans, but for this article we focus on the cats only.

There have been health programs set up for HCM for several feline breeds. Within this healthprogram, the cats have been tested by approved cardiologists or radiologists, and their results are send to PawPeds for registration in the health database. This has been done for many years and thanks to the breeders that participated within the HCM healthprogram, I was able to analyze the results that were gathered over the years.