I did not read your message in detail
and I only have a moment right now, but
I have posted about this Fox study.
Please see messages:
A few problems I have with the study are
that although the cats had "HCM" they
were not, to my knowledge subtyped
into different classes of HCM, for
example obstructive HCM with Systolic
Anterior Motion of the Mitral Valve (SAM).
Also the article compares treatment with
a background dose of lasix combined
with either placebo, an ACE-inhibitor
(enalapril), a beta-blocker (atenolol)
or a calcium channel blocker (dilacor/diltiazem).
Most cats get a combo of lasix + ACE-inhibitor
and either a beta-blocker or a calcium
channel blocker. Furthermore, this study
involved life expectancies and not quality
of life. Furthermore, he still appears
to recommend the older treatments when
one reads his presentations.
A recent presentation of his can be
found here (watch the URL wrap and
any spaces yahoo sticks in!)
Nala with Camille and Cozette in spirit
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