My story was somewhat similar - a rapid heartbeat was
chalked up to stress in a high strung cat. Later a murmur
developed which the regular vet ignored (didn't relate the
information to me), but a substitute vet did.
It is true that sometimes a murmur is only heard when the
heart beat is rapid, but no murmur with a slow heart rate
doesn't mean there is no heart problem.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "cococy45" <czyonov@...> wrote:
> With one of our cats I think it started with heart problems which led to the renal problems. Mellie had a stroke last year, prior to that we were unaware of any heart problems. She was dx as having a very fast heart rate of 230 and her mitral valve flap was being pulled down/over thus partially blocking the outflow of blood from her heart so her organs were not getting adequate blood supply... I feel this also caused the renal dx 3 wks later. When I asked her regular vet about the fast heartbeat and murmur which had just been mentioned to me, he said that yes he had heard both but thought they were strictly due to the stress of being in the clinic. I purchased a stethoscope and learned her heart rate was the same when at home under no stress. Cardiologist has her on atenolol to slow the heart rate. If this had been mentioned to me we would have followed up with a cardiologist to be sure she was ok, but we were never told until the stroke.
> In my book vets don't encourage us to seek the advice of specialists.
> carol and the girls