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Blood pressure measurement in cats: Effect of choice of anatomical site

F. K. Zeugswetter, A. Tichy, K. Weber

Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2018)

20, 968–972

doi: 110.1177/1098612X17740795

• What did the research find?

The anatomical site chosen for measuring systolic blood pressure (SBP) by Doppler ultrasonography in cats has a significant impact on the results to the extent that treatment decisions could be affected for some cats. Measurements made at the coccygeal artery were higher than those made at the radial artery. There was a moderate correlation between the measurements made at the two sites. Body condition score had a significant impact on the discrepancy found.

• How was it conducted?

Eighty cats were included in a prospective, block randomised crossover trial. Measurements of SBP were made at both the radial and coccygeal arteries by Doppler …

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