Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Collaborating for a Cure

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heritable cardiac disease affecting 1 in 500 people, is the most important cause of sudden death in young adults and athletes. Cardiologists have made tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of human HCM, and these advances have made their way into veterinary medicine, where they have helped cats. Pet cats also develop HCM but at a much higher rate, affecting 10-15% of cats. While feline patients have been benefiting from advances in human cardiology for many years, the tables are now turning. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy would provide a highly effective example of the value of One Health for improving both human and animal health.