In her practice, veterinarian and feline health expert Dr. Jennifer Creed focuses heavily on Ragdoll cats and other purebred species. Dr. Jennifer Creed commonly treats feline heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most prevalent type of heart disease in cats. It is particularly common in Ragdoll cats, as this breed has a 30 percent chance of carrying a genetic mutation that encourages the condition.
The disease causes the muscle walls of the heart to thicken. This prevents the heart from pumping correctly, and it can lead to progressively worsening complications over time. Common problems include blood clots and respiratory concerns.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as yet. With regular veterinary care, cats with the disease can be diagnosed and treated in a variety of ways. Veterinarians often use echocardiograms to evaluate the condition of a cat’s heart, and they can prescribe various drugs to prevent heart failure and mitigate other symptoms.