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Companion Animal Practice
Blood pressure measurement in dogs and cats
  1. Rebecca L. Stepien

    Rebecca L. Stepien graduated in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Having completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and a residency in cardiology at the Ohio State University, she spent some time teaching both in the USA and at the RVC, London. She subsequently returned to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is currently a clinical assistant professor with research interests including naturally occurring hypertension in dogs and cats, and cardiovascular responses to exercise. She holds a master's degree and is boardcertified in cardiology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


SYSTEMIC hypertension occurs as a primary condition or a complication of several diseases in dogs, and complicates several disease conditions of cats. The ability to measure blood pressure accurately and repeatably, and to interpret blood pressure measurements in the light of other patient information, is integral to the recognition and evaluation of symptomatic or asymptomatic hypertension.

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