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Many different breeds of cat breeders have funded research to improve their HCM statistics. Some differences have been discovered in breeds such as the Ragdoll and Maincoon. Persian cat breeders including Himalayan and Exotics are in dire need to get involved and help fund this research to help make a difference. This is an open group to learn and support one another. HCM can affect all cats of any breed.

In June 2002, the Winn Feline Foundation announced the creation of The Ricky Fund, set up to accept donations specifically for feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) research. Steve Dale, nationally syndicated pet columnist and radio show host, worked with Winn to create this fund in memory of his Devon Rex cat, Ricky.

Persian cat donations can be made to Winn Feline Ricky (HCM) Fund state to be held for "Persian" cats research. One can donate in general or specific breed.
http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/RickyFund.html

This is the most common cause of heart disease in catsand the most frequent cause of spontaneous death in indoor adult cats. In cats with this condition, the walls of the ventricles become thick. However, because the muscle fibers are replaced by fibrous connective tissue (scar tissue), the thicker heart walls do not translate into increased pumping power. In fact, the heart is actually weakened as the affected wall of the heart becomes less elastic and the heart chambers get smaller.

Early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are vague and indefinite. Increased heart rate and a murmur are common signs. Decreased appetite, weight loss, and an increase in respiratory rate may all be noted. Loss of pep and appetite and reduced exercise tolerance may go unnoticed, because cats are able to recognize their own physical limitations and restrict their activities accordingly. Other than possibly hearing a heart murmur, it is unusual to detect heart disease before signs of congestive heart failure. The first and only sign may be sudden death.

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  • 11 Jun, 2013
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