Diagnosis and Management of Feline Arterial Thromboembolism

Category: Emergency Club


Nuala Summerfield BSc BVM&S DipACVIM(Cardiology) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
RCVS & European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

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About The Webinar

Feline arterial thromboembolism (ATE) is a very serious and fairly common complication of myocardial disease in cats. Most cats presenting with ATE will have underlying Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), although many of these cats will have had no symptoms of heart disease prior to experiencing an acute arterial thromboembolic episode.

Typically, the thrombus originates in the left atrium. Embolisation of the thrombus into the systemic arterial circulation results in acute occlusion of blood supply and regional ischaemia, which explains why affected cats are frequently very painful and distressed on presentation. The exact clinical signs depend on the location of the thrombus, with the most common presentation being pelvic limb paralysis/paresis associated with embolisation to the distal aorta.

This webinar will focus on key features of diagnosis and management of feline ATE and will cover both short-term emergency treatment as well as longer term preventive protocols, including antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant drugs.

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