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Feline Cardiology

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1242-7
516 pages
November 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Feline Cardiology is the first book dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in cats.  Designed for use in clinical practice, this reference combines cutting-edge information with practical applications, using a consistent format for ease of use.  Feline Cardiology provides detailed, species-specific information that is absent from other texts, with an emphasis on the most commonly encountered feline cardiovascular diseases.

Drawing on the expertise of four internationally recognized authors, the book is packed with state-of-the-art information within the framework of daily practice.  Coverage ranges from basic and advanced treatment approaches for cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, and many other disorders to the newest information on genetic testing, circulating markers of heart disease, and more.  Feline Cardiology provides a comprehensive single resource to managing cardiovascular disease in cats and is a welcome addition to any small animal practice library.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Authors xiii

Section A: Clinical Entities 3

Chapter 1. Heart Murmurs and Gallop Heart Sounds 5

Chapter 2. Exercise Intolerance and Syncope 13

Chapter 3. Pleural Effusion 19

Chapter 4. Dyspnea and Cough 25

Chapter 5. Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation 29

Section B: Diagnostic Testing 35

Chapter 6. Radiography 37

Chapter 7. Echocardiography 51

Chapter 8. Cardiac Biomarkers 69

Chapter 9. Electrocardiography 77

Section C: Congenital Heart Disease 83

Chapter 10: Congenital Heart Malformations 85

Section D: Cardiomyopathies 101

Chapter 11. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy 103

Chapter 12. Restrictive/Unclassified Cardiomyopathy 177

Chapter 13. Dilated Cardiomyopathy 183

Chapter 14. Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy 189

Section E: Other Forms of Structural Heart Disease 193

Chapter 15. Acquired Valvular Disease 195

Chapter 16. Cardiac Neoplasia 201

Chapter 17. Miscellaneous Myocardial Disease 205

Section F: Arrhythmias and Other Electrocardiographic Abnormalities 211

Chapter 18. Arrhythmias and Other Electrocardiographic Abnormalities 213

Section G: Congestive Heart Failure 255

Chapter 19. Congestive Heart Failure 257

Section H: Arterial Thromboembolism 303

Chapter 20. Arterial Thromboembolism 305

Section I: Systemic Hypertension 323

Chapter 21. Systemic Hypertension 325

Section J: Pericardial Diseases 341

Chapter 22. Pericardial Effusion and Other Disorders of the Pericardium 343

Section K: Heartworm Disease 351

Chapter 23. Heartworm Disease 353

Section L: Comorbidities 365

Chapter 24. Comorbidities: Managing Cats That Have Coexistent Cardiac Disease and Extracardiac Disorders 367

Section M: Pulmonary Arterial Disorders 381

Chapter 25. Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Pulmonary Hypertension 383

Section N: Endocrine Diseases Affecting the Heart 393

Chapter 26. Endocrine Diseases Affecting the Heart 395

Section O: Anesthesia in the Patient with Cardiac Disease 409

Chapter 27. Anesthesia in the Patient with Cardiac Disease 411
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Section P: Cardiac Screening Programs 423

Chapter 28. Cardiac Screening Programs 425

Section Q: Which Drug for Which Disease? 431

Chapter 29. Which Drug for Which Disease? 433

Section R: Drug Formulary 439

Chapter 30. Drug Formulary 441

Index 469

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Etienne Côté, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology, Small Animal Internal Medicine), is Associate Professor of Companion Animal Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Kristin A. MacDonald, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology), is Staff Cardiologist at the VCA-Animal Care Center of Sonoma, California, USA.

Kathryn M. Meurs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology), is Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA.

Meg M. Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology), is Associate Professor of Cardiology in the Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA.

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  • First book devoted entirely to recognition and management of cardiovascular disease in the domestic cat
  • Covers advanced, state-of-the art material, including cardiac biomarkers, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, current approaches for screening programs, and pre-breeding evaluation of cats for heart disease
  • Provides practical approaches to evaluating and treating heart disease in cats
  • Answers common and challenging clinical questions, with the most space given to the most commonly encountered feline cardiovascular diseases 
  • Offers the very latest treatment information in individual disease chapters and in the cardiac drug formulary
  • Includes a wealth of information not available in other sources, such as management of comorbidities, anesthesia of suspected heart patients, drug selection, and tables of normal cardiovascular parameters in cats
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“This makes it a very interesting book for both residents in training and general practitioners.  All of these features make the acquisition of a copy of Feline Cardiology very worthwhile for all Veterinarians who wish to know more about cardiology, and not necessarily only feline cardiology.”  (EJCAP, 1 March 2013)

“Feline Cardiology’ is a must-have in-clinic text, dedicated to the complex discipline of cardiology in the feline species. It provides easy-to-locate key information for quick reference by the busy or less experienced veterinarian, while incorporating in-depth and advanced material of interest to the more enthusiastic practitioner, referral clinician or those undertaking further study in small animal cardiology.”  (Veterinary Record, 8 December 2012)

“This book should be in your bookshelf if you are serious about the cat’s heart!.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 2012)

A fantastic book. The pictures alone are worth the price of the book. The echocardiograms are all clearly marked so even a novice can quickly see what the issues are which stands out well.  The four authors have done an amazing job getting this material together from distant sites and yet have managed a hard task in making the book into a unified and well organized text. Anyone interested in the cat should certainly want this not only on his/her bookshelf but used daily in the clinic alongside the radiographs and the ultrasound machine. The addition of diseases complicating cardiac conditions or simply found in conjunction with heart problems is one that many vets face daily and this should provide them with some great help. Of course the entire section on hypertension is one that fits into the feline profile as an important adjunctive cardiac problem and needed to be as complete and as well written as this one is.  (December 2011, Steve Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM, FACC, FAHA) 

"The book is well organized and the most important subjects in feline clinical cardiology are addressed and supported by high quality illustrations and images. Various important  features make the book very user-friendly for a busy clinician. For instance, through the different sections the authors summarize “Key Points” that should be kept in mind, and the most relevant references are underlined at the end of each chapter. There is also a chapter giving general therapeutic guidelines and a drug formulary with the main indications and dosages of the most frequently used cardiovascular drugs. Finally, some important reference numbers that one should know are strategically placed on the back cover of the book." (European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, 2013)

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