Craig, my vet has been a lot more optimistic about HCM then a lot of
what you read online. He said quite a bit of it is outdated and
treatment for heart kitties is better now.
Our cat was diagnosed with very mild HCM (hardly any thickening and
just in one small spot, the rest of heart is normal) last May. She has
responded very well to atenolol. It sounds as though your cat was
prescribed diltiazem, which is another very commonly used treatment
for HCM--which to prescribe depends on the kind of HCM your cat has.
There was a small study which showed diltiazem can actually reverse
the thickening of the heart walls in some cases. Theo may be one of
the lucky ones.
According to my vet, the heart kitties in his practice who have done
well on medication often live a normal lifespan. At this point you
can't predict how the condition will progress but if he is stable at
the next check-up, you should relax because chances are Theo will be
with you a long time yet.
--- In email@example.com, "Craig" <nclotus@...> wrote:
> Hello all. My animal companion, Theo, was diagnosed with a heart
> murmur on his annual checkup. We took him to the specialist and
> found that he has HCM. The vet perscribed a medicine starting with
> a "d"...can't remember now and am at work so I don't have the bottle
> in front of me.
> Anyway, they caught the HCM early and his heart wall has thickened
> by barely.
> You all probably understand how painful this news was. Theo is an
> amazing cat...friendly, loving, smart.
> My question is...what is the longest an HCM diagnosed cat can live.
> I am praying for me to be together with him for a long time. He
> shows no sign of slowing down, he has an amazing appetite but is not
> over weight. He also is an inside only cat with little or no stress.
> Thanks for being here, ya'll. I'm scared but know that Theo will
> have a life of royalty no matter how long he lives.
> North Carolina