Although feline hypertension may be a rare reason for emergency presentation, it is a condition that most small animal practitioners will have encountered both in routine practice and in critical care patients.
This episode is based on the 2017 ISFM* Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension in Cats which were recently published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The episode discusses the following points:
[*International Society of Feline Medicine]
Evidence base behind the Guidelines Secondary versus primary hypertension Target organ damage Monitoring and Underdiagnosis Which cats to monitor blood pressure in Importance of ensuring blood pressure is measured as accurately as possible with a reproducible technique White coat hypertension Defining normal blood pressure Criteria for therapeutic intervention and appropriate therapeutic targets What treatment to use Emergency treatment The episode is based on:
ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension in Cats. J Fel Med Surg 2017. 19:288–303.
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