Greensboro vet part of national study on cat hypertension

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The Cat Clinic of Greensboro is part of a national study on what is called the "silent killer of cats"--hypertension.

Veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Eilers and her staff are part of a study looking for new ways to treat cat hypertension.

"If left untreated, hypertension can lead to retinal detachment and blindness, and it can also lead to kidney failure, hemorrhaging in the brain and seizures," Eilers says.

The FDA-regulated trial is taking place at 35 sites across the country; two in North Carolina.

Hundred of cats will be studied and the findings submitted for approval by the FDA.

"The hope is that we can have an FDA approved medication specifically for cats," Eilers says.