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Fighting Heart Disease in Cats by Early Detection of Cardiomyopathies

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats affecting 1 in 6 cats. Although some cats will have a benign course, others develop serious complications, e.g. congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or arterial thromboembolism (ATE).

HCM has a long preclinical (occult) phase where cats are asymptomatic (stage B1 and B2). At this stage, it is very challenging to diagnose HCM and echocardiography is the only reliable diagnostic tool.

Our clinic aims to diagnose and monitor HCM and other cardiomyopathies in asymptomatic cats and identify cats at high-risk of heart failure and/or thromboembolism.

Cats seen at the HCM clinic will have the following investigations at a subsidised cost:

  • Echocardiography
  • ECG
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Blood tests (Urea/Crea, PCV, T4, Glu, cardiac Troponin I)

Eligible Cats:

  • Asymptomatic cats with suspicion of preclinical cardiomyopathy, that is, cats with 1 or more of the following findings:
    • Arrhythmia
    • Gallop
    • Heart murmur
    • High NT- proBNP
    • Familial history of HCM

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to refer a case to our clinic

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General contact details:

01223 337621

For all enquiries during office hours and for emergency referrals at any time


Address: Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ES

How to find us

Refer a case

During office hours the Client Services team will try to contact the clinician immediately for you. In the case of an emergency referral we will do our utmost to get a response at the time and in routine referrals within the day. Emails are monitored between 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri, to make a referral out of office hours please call

01223 337621


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(during office hours only).

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