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Heart disease is common in all breeds of cats. Some types of heart disease can be detected in early stages by your local vet; however, others may only be found by doing an echocardiogram. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one type of heart disease that breeders are beginning to test for on a regular basis. Here are two very good webpages describing what HCM is, and is not.

"Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy"
http://mysite.verizon.net/jachinitz/hcm/
Jody A. Chinitz; Marcia J. Munro; and Mark D. Kittleson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology).

PawPeds explanation of HCM Screening Forms
http://www.pawpeds.com/healthprogrammes/HCMFormInfo.html
I've included a page showing scans of normal, and "elongated" papillary muscles (which are mentioned in the "Papillary Muscles" section on the Pawpeds page).

 

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