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Type of publication: Doctoral Thesis
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Year: 2002

Authors: Miedler, S

Title: Vorkommenshäufigkeit, Prävalenz und klinische Manifestation von Herzerkrankungen bei Siamkatzen und Orientalisch Kurzhaar in Österreich.

Source: Dissertation, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 99.

Advisor(s):

Thalhammer Johann


Abstract:
In a group of siamese cats the amount of heart diseases in this breed should be found out and further in which form they predominate. 36 cats have been subjected to a comprehensive cardiological exam which comprised the clinical exam extended by an examination scheme for the cardiological exam, the electrocardiography and the sonographic exam consisting of the 2-Dimensional-, M-Mode- and Doppler examination. After the clinical exam 17% of the cats pointed towards a heart disease. The electrocardiography showed deviations in 21% of all the animals. 23% of the Siamese cats showed a cardiomyopathy at the sonographical exam. At 17% of the Siamese cats a Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was diagnosed. 6% showed a minor- to medium graded dilatation of the left atrium which was related to the " silent atria", a heart disease which is known for the breed of the Siamese cat. Strikingly high in the group of the sound heart cats was the relation between left atrium and aorta and the dimension of the left ventricular freewall in diastole as is described in the norm for cats. To sum up it can be said that there was a high prevalence of cardiomyopathies whereby the Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was the most frequent form.

Keywords:
heart / siamese cat / oriental shorthair / cardiopathy / prevalence / Austria


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