INGELHEIM, Germany, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -
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- Global QUEST Study Reveals Dogs With Congestive Heart Failure Have
Significantly Improved Survival Outcomes With Vetmedin(R) (pimobendan)
Veterinarians and dog owners are today welcoming new research that
delivers the promise of an extended happy life together for millions of dog
owners and their pets. The three-year study demonstrates that dogs suffering
from the most common type of heart failure live on average 91% (267 days vs.
140 days) longer when treated with the product Vetmedin(R) (pimobendan)
compared with another common treatment option(1).
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Results from the QUEST (Quality of Life and Extension of Survival Time)
study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal
Medicine, mark a significant milestone in canine cardiac health. Experts
report that 25% of all small to medium-sized dogs over the age of seven are
likely to suffer from heart disease at some point in their life(2), and 75% of
those cases are caused by myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD)(3), sometimes
known as "valvular insufficiency" or "endocardiosis".
Adrian Boswood from the Royal Veterinary College, London, a Veterinary
Cardiology Specialist and a lead-investigator on the study, explains that the
independent QUEST trial set out to explore the impact on survival of
Vetmedin(R) versus another current treatment, benazepril hydrochloride, an
angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
"With QUEST demonstrating that dogs treated with Vetmedin(R) live on
average nearly twice as long as those on benazepril(1), it is now time for us
as veterinary cardiologists and practising veterinarians to look again at how
we are treating our patients suffering from this serious condition."
Dr. Michael O'Grady from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of
Guelph, a fellow lead-investigator added, "The QUEST study provides compelling
evidence that dogs with the most common form of heart failure should be
receiving Vetmedin(R) as an essential part of their treatment regimen."
QUEST is the largest international study ever conducted looking at
treatment for congestive heart failure (CHF) caused by MMVD, with 260 dogs
studied in 11 countries, across three continents, over a period of three
The study was conducted by a team of 32 independent veterinary
cardiologists from Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom
among other countries.
CHF caused by MMVD most commonly affects older, small breed dogs,
including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Poodles, Chihuahuas and
Symptoms of this form of heart failure that dog owners should look for
include coughing, reduced tolerance for exercise, anxiety and restlessness
during the night, and laboured breathing.(3) If these symptoms are present, it
is important that dog owners take their pets to their veterinarians for
assessment and treatment.
"Dog owners should be encouraged by the results of the QUEST study, as it
demonstrates an important treatment option for lengthening a dog's life when
it has this common, debilitating and life-threatening heart condition," said
Jens Hdggstrvm, Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine, University of
Uppsala and the other lead-investigator on the trial.
Owners now have new information regarding the best chance for enjoying
the maximum time possible with their dogs suffering from the most common cause
of heart failure.
"With our dogs being so important to our families, we owners should do
all we can to make sure our pets are receiving the most effective treatment",
said Sally Copland, owner of Fern, an eight-year-old King Charles Spaniel
being treated with Vetmedin(R). "None of us want our pets' lives unnecessarily
cut short," she added.
The full QUEST study results, providing hard evidence about the
importance of using Vetmedin, appear in the September/October 2008 issue of
the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
For more information on the QUEST study and on CHF caused by MMVD, please
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(1) Hdggstrvm J, Boswood A, O'Grady M et al. Effect of Pimobendan or
Benazepril Hydrochloride on Survival Times in Dogs with Congestive
Heart Failure Caused by Naturally Occurring Myxomatous Mitral Valve
Disease: The QUEST Study. J Vet Intern Med. 2008;22(5).
(2) Evans T, Johnson C, Wernham J. Cardiovascular Insight: A global study
of category prospects. Wood Mackenzie. July 2007.
(3) Hdggstrvm J, Kvart C and Pedersen H. "Acquired valvular heart
disease" in Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC (Eds). Textbook of veterinary
internal medicine: diseases of the dog and cat. 2005 (6th edition).
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