What You Should Know About Your Cat's Heart

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I wanted to take a moment to talk about cat heart health.

Heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death in humans, but did you know heart problems commonly affects cats too?

In humans, It is estimated that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, diet and exercise. Heart health is an important subject for our pets as well. In fact, they can get just about every type of heart problem that we humans can. That's why it's so important to feed your cat a healthy diet and to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise.

So , let's learn a little about heart health in cat.

First - what is the structure and function of your cat's heart? I have a good article that explains just that. Go to:Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System in Cats.

Here are some common heart diseases in cats that you may want to learn a little more about:


Chronic Valvular Heart Disease in Cats

Congestive Heart Failure in Cats (very common)

Heart Attack in Cats

Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heart Murmurs in Cats

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats (DCM)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Cats

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy in Cats

Cardiac Arrhythmias in Cats (Abnormal heart rhythm)

These articles will tell you about the disease and the signs to watch for.

Also, please take care of yourself and know the signs of heart disease. Don't take any warning sign lightly.

Your pet needs you!

One more thing ....does your cat need to be on heartworm prevention? Find out. Heartworm Prevention Guidelines for Cats.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.