Feline blood pressure measurement: when is it needed?

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Feline blood pressure measurement: when is it needed?
S. Caney
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December 2021
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In our edition of: Feb 2022
In our categories of: small animals

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Caney, S. (2021) Feline blood pressure measurement: when is it needed? Companion Animal, 26 (11), pp. 222-228. https://doi.org/10.12968/coan.2021.0063

This clinical review article provides a clear overview of systemic hypertension and blood pressure measurement in the cat.

The article starts with a summary of the target organ damage that may be associated with systemic hypertension and links this to recommendations for when to measure blood pressure.

The next section provides details of how to minimise stress, both during transport and at the veterinary clinic, to minimise the effect of ’situational hypertension‘, or the ‘white coat effect’, and obtain reliable measurements. This includes a useful table on the characteristics of a suitable cat carrier, which could be useful in providing advice to owners.

This is followed by practical tips on how to take and interpret blood pressure measurements, although it refers the reader elsewhere for a more detailed description.

Take Home

This is a clear review paper providing practical advice on blood pressure measurement in cats which   could be of use to the whole practice team.

The following resources may also be of interest:

Acierno, M.J. et al (2018) ACVIM consensus statement: Guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and management of systemic hypertension in dogs and cats. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 32 (6), pp. 1803-1822. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.15331

Taylor, S.S. et al (2017) ISFM consensus guidelines on the diagnosis and management of hypertension in cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 19 (3), pp. 288–303. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1098612X17693500

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