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Analyzing Factors Leading to Heart Disease

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common type of heart disease in cats. A common complication of this disease is the development of blood clots that dislodge from inside the heart and block blood flow in the large arteries. These clots cause severe pain, nerve and muscle damage, and often lead to death. Current therapies are only minimally effective. This study will analyze the activation of blood platelets in cats with HCM and compare these data with the presence of heart disease and its severity. The goal is to use this information to determine how to detect HCM early in the disease, so it can be better treated.