ABSTRACT: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common cardiac disorder diagnosed in many feline patients. HCM causes the ventricles of the heart to become thickened, therefore affecting its ability to pump blood around the body efficiently. Careful handling and anaesthetic management is important in patients with this condition and will be discussed throughout this case report. HCM leads to cardiovascular effects such as a reduced cardiac output, decreased blood pressure and embolisms. An understanding of the pathophysiology relating to HCM will help when creating the anaesthetic plan for the patient.


Carrie Pulsford GradDipVN RVN

Carrie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016 and has since completed the Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Professional Veterinary Nursing with the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. Carrie is the head veterinary nurse at a busy first opinion practice in Bristol and has a keen interest in anaesthesia, pain management and medical nursing. Email: carriepulsford@rowevetgroup.com

Keywords: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; feline; anaesthesia; monitoring; cardiovascular;
pre-medication; patient care report

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 36 (02) • February 2021 pp55-59

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