Although today wasn't #caturday, I had the pleasure of hosting a HCM Cat Clinic (with a Board Certified Veterinarian Cardiologist) at our loft and met 16 other #sphynx babies and their owners!
Below is more information about HCM (borrowed from lilnudists.com website). 💔Sphynx HCM stands for the medical condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is unfortunately a widely prevalent condition in the Sphynx cat. This condition is known to be hereditary in nature so it is critically important that you understand this disease and understand the ways you can reduce your risks of adopting/purchasing a Sphynx cat who will develop this disease. 💔 By definition, HCM is a condition that causes the muscular walls of a cat’s heart to thicken, decreasing the heart’s efficiency and sometimes creating symptoms in other parts of the body. 💔What Causes HCM? Although the cause of HCM has not been clearly identified, the fact that the condition is more prevalent in certain breeds (including Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair, Sphynx, Chartreux and Persian cats) and that mutations of several cardiac (heart) genes have been identified in some cats with this disease suggests that genetics plays a role. 💔What are the Symptoms of HCM? Many cats with HCM do not appear to be ill. Others may show signs of congestive heart failure, which including labored or rapid breathing, open-mouthed breathing, and lethargy. Another very serious and potentially life-threatening consequence of HCM is the formation of blood clots in the heart. These clots may travel through the bloodstream to obstruct flow in other parts of the body. The effect of the clot depends on its location, although in cats with HCM, clots most commonly result in blockage of blood flow to the hind limbs, causing acute hind limb pain or, in extreme cases, hind limbs will become pale and cold and experience paralysis. 💔HCM is diagnosed by echocardiography, a technology that uses sound waves to create an image of the heart, the same as if a person had a heart condition and needed diagnostics; this is essentially the same as an ultrasound just of the heart.
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