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Feline Cardiomyopathy Consortium
October 25, 2011 (published)
Jens Haggstrom
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Study Start Date: 20/10/2011
Study End Date: 20/10/2016

Feline Cardiomyopathy Consortium

The feline veterinary and genetics research community has formed a worldwide collaborative consortium to investigate cardiomyopathies in domestic cats and domestic cat breeds. A variety of cat breeds throughout the world has concerns for increased incidence of heart disease, particularly hypertrophic (HCM) and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM). This consortium has formed to directly benefit the research community by identifying genetic factors influencing feline cardiomyopathies.

Study Design:

Sample Size:

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pure bred cats of selected breeds diagnosed with HCM, or in some breeds, RCM, will be identified and re-examined at periciping centers to establish the diagnosis.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other types of heart disease, acquired or congenital. Significant organ related or systemic disease

Study Controls:
Old cats of selected breeds will be identified and re-examined at participating centers to exclude presence of myocardial disease

Blood samples will be collected for genetic analysis

Files for Download:
Consortium statement

Participating owners will have cats re-examined at a reduced cost

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Full Disclosure information:

  • The study is funded by an institutional grant.
  • The investigator does not have a conflict of interest.
  • The study will be published if results are negative
  • The study will be reported on VIN
  • The authors will acknowledge VIN if the study is published

Date published: 10/19/2011

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