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Management of incidentally detected heart murmurs in dogs and cats

Cote, E; Edwards, N J; Ettinger, S J; Fuentes, V L; MacDonald, K A; Scansen, B A; Sisson, D D; Abbott, J A


E Cote

N J Edwards

S J Ettinger

V L Fuentes

K A MacDonald

B A Scansen

D D Sisson

J A Abbott


A dog or a cat has an incidentally detected heart murmur if the murmur is an unexpected discovery during a veterinary consultation that was not initially focused on the cardiovascular system. This document presents approaches for managing dogs and cats that have incidentally-detected heart murmurs, with an emphasis on murmur characteristics, signalment profiling, and multifactorial decision-making to choose an optimal course for a given patient.


Cote, E., Edwards, N. J., Ettinger, S. J., Fuentes, V. L., MacDonald, K. A., Scansen, B. A., …Abbott, J. A. (in press). Management of incidentally detected heart murmurs in dogs and cats. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 17(4), 245-261.

Journal Article Type Other
Acceptance Date May 11, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2019
Journal Journal of Veterinary Cardiology
Print ISSN 1760-2734
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 4
Pages 245-261
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