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I’ve been told my cat has a heart murmur. What does this mean and can it be treated?

 
 

A ‘heart murmur’ is a sound usually caused by turbulent blood flow within the heart and detected by a vet after listening to your cat’s chest with a stethoscope. Most cats with heart murmurs have heart disease, but occasionally murmurs turn out not to be related to significant heart problems. The murmur itself doesn’t tell us how severe a heart problem is or whether it needs treatment. Sometimes disease doesn’t need treatment but may do in the future.

Many excellent treatments exist for cats and dogs with heart disease, but knowing which patients benefit from these is at the core of cardiology.

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