New screening method may help detect heart disease in cats
A new screening technique may help detect heart disease in cats, according to a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Study findings revealed that focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) increased detection of cardiac issues in asymptomatic cats. Early detection may prevent these cats from dying prematurely from heart disease.
“This [FCU] appears to be a very feasible and useful tool for general practitioners to accurately identify cats that would benefit from going to see a cardiologist,” says Janet Patterson-Kane, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer in a press release. “Early detection is so important, not only for cats, but for the owners who love them."