Persian Cats and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the a lot of accepted anatomy of affection ache in bodies that is characterized by the agglomeration of the affection muscle. It can aftereffect in congestive affection failure, thromboembolism (the blocking of a claret barge by a atom that has torn abroad from a claret array at its website of formation), and occasionally abrupt cardiac death.

Symptoms of HCM

Some of the affection of HCM include: accident of activity (lethargy), abysmal chest breath after exertion, and/or afterwards leg aeroembolism (because of a claret clot). At adolescent ages some bodies may accept a affection murmur, but not always.

Treatment for HCM

HCM can be treatable with medications and can add months or even years to the activity of a cat with HCM. Your veterinarian is the best being to altercate analysis choices and medications.

Is HCM Genetic?

While hypertrophy can action accessory to assertive added diseases in cats, a lot of cases of HCM accept no basal could cause and are advised to be a primary ache of the affection itself. The character of the HCM gene mutations are alone in the Maine Coon and Ragdoll breeds. And so far, little is accepted about Ragdolls.

Genetics 101

Offspring accept a archetype of anniversary gene; one from the mother and one from the father. If a alteration occurs in one archetype of the gene, it is “heterozygous” and are usually not afflicted but are advised carriers. If both copies of the mutated gene are present, it is “homozygous”.

In Maine Coons, bodies that backpack one archetype of the gene alteration (“heterozygous”) usually do not advance HCM if they are adolescent (less than 5 years old). It is alien what happens to these bodies if they get older. There are bodies that backpack one archetype of the mutated gene (“heterozygotes”) all of their activity and never advance HCM. Others advance balmy to abstinent HCM, reside with it, and never accept a problem. However, these heterozygotes bodies do canyon on the alteration to their offspring. Bodies that accept two copies of the gene (“homozygotes”) usually advance HCM amid 6 months and 5 years old.

HCM is believed to be a backward (homozygous) abiogenetic disease, but there may be an ecology allotment in developing the disease. In Maine Coons and Ragdolls, the homozygous backward appears to access the accident of development of the HCM disease. However, not all bodies with the homozygous backward advance HCM and some bodies (in these breeds) do advance HCM but do not accept the abnormal gene.

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Ultrasound and Abiogenetic Testing for HCM

The University of California, Davis has a DNA (genetic) analysis for HCM for the Maine Coon and Ragdoll breeds. However, as of the date of this commodity (January 2014), there is no HCM DNA analysis for the Persian cat breed. Currently, the alone way to analysis for HCM in Persian bodies is by an ultrasound of the heart. If affected, there will be affirmation of cardiac enlargement. More generally than not, the Atrioventricular Septum (AV Septum – a septum of the affection amid the appropriate atrium (RA) and the larboard ventricle (LV) will enlarge afore the affection beef does. A individual accustomed ultrasound aftereffect does not agreement the cat will abide ache free. Also, some afflicted bodies may not advance apparent changes to their affection on ultrasounds until after in activity and some changes may be balmy and/or subtle. Currently, recommendations are an ultrasound be done every two years.

Winn Feline Foundation and HCM Research

Since there is a DNA analysis for HCM in Maine Coons and Ragdoll, it seems a benevolence that one of the a lot of accepted breeds (Persians) does not aswell accept a analysis available. It is all-important for the Persian brand adorned (breeders and owners) to appear calm to advice armamentarium (and to abide samples) for the analysis all-important to advance a brand specific DNA test.

The band-aid to this botheration is simple, accord to the Winn Feline Foundation to armamentarium the all-important research. To accomplish a tax deductible donation, appointment the Winn Feline Foundation website.

IMPORTANT: Follow these instructions to MAKE abiding your donation goes to the Persian cat HCM fund.

1. Under the catechism “How would you like your funds use?”, baddest “I would like to accept a specific purpose for this donation”.

2. Under “Specific Purpose“, accept “Persian HCM fund” (the additional best from the bottom).

3. Continue bushing out the blow of the on-line donation anatomy with your addition amount.