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Aortic Thromboembolism in Cats

Feline cardiogenic arterial thromboembolus (ATE), also known as “saddle thrombus,” is a devastating complication of heart disease in cats. Heart disease can cause disturbances in blood flow through the heart that can lead to the formation of blood clots. In cats, these blood clots can travel downstream and become lodged in the femoral arteries -- the main arteries that provide blood flow to the hind limbs.