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Saddle Thrombus / Aortic Thromboembolism Clinical Trial

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by ben brainard, May 15, 2018.

  1. ben brainard

    ben brainard Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

    May 15, 2018
    Greetings; I wanted to forward to the forum some information on a study that is sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, and which aims to study the efficacy of two different medications for preventing recurrent blood clots in cats who have experienced a saddle thrombus ("feline aortic thromboembolism"). The study is called “SUPER-CAT,” which stands for "Study of the Utility of Rivaroxaban or Clopidogrel for prevention of recurrent Arterial Thromboembolism in cats."

    Cats can be enrolled in the trial once they are home from the hospital and in stable condition. The thromboembolism may have occurred at any anatomic location, and cats will be recruited up to 30 days following their discharge from the hospital.

    Cats that are enrolled in the study will receive a free 2 year supply of either clopidogrel or rivaroxaban, in a blinded fashion. The study will also provide some monetary compensation ($600) to support four recheck echocardiographic exams over 2 years. There is a 24 hour hotline for owners once a cat has been enrolled in the study to answer any questions about the medication. Owners will be asked to fill out a short online survey on their cat’s activity level every 2 months.

    There is a FAQ on the study for both owners and veterinarians and additional information on the study website at CVCCR.com.

    If you think that you may have a cat who qualifies for the study, or if you have additional questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. I am also happy to speak with veterinarians about cases. Although I am based at the University of Georgia, we can enroll any cat in the United States as long as they have been examined by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist.

    Thank you!


    Benjamin Brainard VMD, Dipl ACVAA, ACVECC

    SUPER-CAT Study

    College of Veterinary Medicine

    University of Georgia
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  2. Anne

    Anne Site Owner Staff Member Admin

    Oct 23, 2000
    On TCS
    Welcome to TheCatSite, Dr. Ben! We're always thrilled to hear about solid studies done to promote better health care for cats. Thanks for offering us a chance to contribute towards that.

    I'll be featuring this thread and promoting it via our social media channels as well.
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  3. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

    Dec 12, 2012
    Nebraska, USA
    Yes, thank you so much! One more step forward in helping with this dreaded condition. Understanding is a step towards curing.

  4. catlover73

    catlover73 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 3, 2006
    Chicago area
    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here Dr. Ben. I lost two senior boys to this condition many years ago. This was back in 2010 and 2011 and it seemed like very little was known about this condition back then. I was advised to put my babies to sleep because their quality of life would never be the same. Both my boys were barely able to walk, could not/did not want to eat. (I tried syringe feeding) and unable to control their bathroom habits. I made the difficult decision to say goodbye because I was not willing to let my babies suffer. It really seems like so much more is known now. I have even read some success stories on this site where cats have recovered. All my vet could offer me at the time was a bunch of what if's that could be tried but I was told there was a slim chance things would change. I love my boys to much to make them suffer more through things that had such a slim chance of working. Your post gives me hope that someone else will not have to go through what I went through.
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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