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Nutritional management holds promise as a tool for prevention and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac disease is 1 of the 10 most common diseases of cats and affects > 20% of cats in certain populations. 1-3 Nutritional alterations, such as

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provides a larger number of views, better-quality images, and greater detail of valvular structures and it can be used to perform M-mode echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography may enable timely and more accurate diagnosis of cardiac diseases and

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Radiographic evaluation of cardiac size and shape for potential eccentric cardiac enlargement is of diagnostic value in dogs and cats with suspected cardiac disease, 1–4 and echocardiography provides a reliable assessment of the heart's internal

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healthy heart and is acutely released in plasma in response to atrial stretch. Synthesis of BNP is also increased in the ventricles of human patients with chronic cardiac disease. 1,2 Canine proBNP is a 114 amino acid peptide that is proteolytically

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their dogs euthanized. 7 Studies 8,9 have shown that QOL is more important to owners of dogs and cats with cardiac disease than is longevity. Eighty-six percent of dog owners and 93% of cat owners responded that they would be willing to trade survival

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echocardiography, generally require additional expertise to perform and interpret as well as additional financial cost to the owner. Thus, a biomarker that could be used to help detect cardiac disease in dogs and assess disease severity would be useful clinically

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In human and veterinary patients, cardiac diseases frequently progress into heart failure. The pathophysiologic understanding of this process has changed from a simple mechanical pump failure to a complex concept involving neurohormonal, immune

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The development of heart failure is a chronic process characterized by progressive LV dilatation and dysfunction. Despite the diverse etiologies of cardiac diseases, ECM remodeling is generally accepted to be a unifying feature in the progression

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bench-top immunoassay d in plasma samples obtained from clinically normal horses and horses with experimentally induced cardiac disease. Values in clinically normal horses were acquired to establish a reference range for plasma equine cTnI concentration

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Introduction Information on cardiac diseases in guinea pigs ( Cavia porcellus ) is limited to few clinical cases and small case series in the literature. 1 – 5 An overall percentage of 1.2% of guinea pig patients with heart diseases has been

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