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Screening for HCM

Cats suspected of having HCM should:

  • Have a thorough physical examination

  • Have any appropriate blood tests run (to rule out underlying disease, such as hyperthyroidism)

  • Auscultation of the chest (listening to the heart with a stethoscope to detect murmurs)

  • Have an ultrasound (echocardiography) performed ...if possible by a veterinarian Board Certified in this field. (this MUST be performed to diagnose HCM)

**The MCBFA (Maine Coon Breeders & Fanciers Association) has a wonderful site with "HCM screening guidelines for breeders"

Please also visit our other pages:

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What is HCM?

How do I find a veterinary cardiologist?

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