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1. Aortic Thromboembolism (ATE) in Cats
Aortic thromboembolism, also referred to as saddle thrombus, is a blood clot that travels through the aorta and lodges in the area between the rear legs. It is a common complication associated with all types of heart disease in the cat.
2. Atrial Fibrillation in Cats
In atrial fibrillation the normally coordinated electrical activity in the upper heart chambers, the right atrium and left atrium, is lost. The muscle of these chambers begins to wiggle like a "bag full of worms."
3. Cardiac Arrhythmias in Cats
Cardiac arrhythmias are abnormal heart rates or heart rhythms, and these disorders are classified based on the area of the heart in which they originate. Cardiac arrhythmias can affect cats of any age, breed or sex.
4. Chronic Valvular Heart Disease in Cats
Valvular heart disease (VHD) is a condition characterized by degeneration and thickening of the heart valves. It is a progressive disease more common in dogs than cats that can cause valve malfunction and lead to heart enlargement or heart failure.
5. Congestive Heart Failure in Cats
Heart failure is a condition, caused by an abnormality in the structure or the function of the heart, in which it is unable to pump normal quantities of blood to the tissues of the body.
6. Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats (DCM)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a myocardial disease, which is disease of the heart muscle that is characterized by dilation (enlargement) of the cardiac chambers and markedly reduced muscle contraction.
7. Heart Attack in Cats
The term heart attack is often misunderstood in relation to dogs and cats. The term is typically used to either define a collapsing episode or to describe sudden death of an animal, neither of which are really heart attacks.
8. Heart Murmurs in Cats
Heart murmurs are auscultatory sounds created by turbulent or disturbed blood flow through the heart or vasculature.
9. Heartworm Disease in Cats
Heartworm disease is a serious and fatal disease of the heart and lungs caused by a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Adult cats of any age can be affected, with cats as young as 1 and as old as 17 having been diagnosed.
10. Hypertension in Cats
Elevated blood pressure is an increase in the systolic or diastolic arterial blood pressure (ABP). A systolic ABP should not exceed 170 to 180 mm Hg and diastolic should not exceed the 100 to 110 mm Hg range.

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