sorry it tookk me so long to get bk to you, i was outa town...yes, pum's
thyroid is within normal ranges...it's the hypertrophic kind. he was
previously on norvasc for about 4 yrs bec his heart was "normal" but his bp
was very high...in the past yr he advanced to the hcm category...it's a
progressive, or deggenerative, condition. his heart's "condition" has
remained stable since he started on the atenolol...the hope is that in time
his heart muscle will atrophy on the atenolol to the extent that he can then
go back on only the norvasc...it's a balancing act....and as my vet said,
it's not 100% sure that it will work and even if it does, it's an extremely
slow process, like mmonths and even years....at first i thought this was
just a crazy way to handle it but then i thought about a health "problem" of
my own that was handled in exactly the same way....and amazingly, it
works...with me, it's one of my knees....i wore a knee brace for about 2 yrs
to combat a bad knee that could've gone into minor arthroscopic(?) surgery
or physical therapy, etc...and i choose the pt with the knee brace...after 2
yrs my "bad" muscles had atrophied enough that i could work with pt to build
up the good muscles that keep my knee cap appropriately aligned...it's all
an issue of muscle power....and that's all the heart really is for the most
part, is one big musscle....so there is my input for the dya....hope it
gives you some insight...
good luck, you are all in our thoughts and prayers,
pum, max and linda
From: Kimberly Meyer [mailto:ck_99@...
Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2000 3:59 AM
Subject: RE: [feline-heart] new member
Hi Mike and Linda,
I just wanted to thank you for your reply. Sorry for
the delay in my thanks, but I'm just trying to get
everything straight with this group email thing. I
think I'm getting the hang of it. Well you said that
pumpkin was diagnosed with HCM right? That is the
hypertrophic kind isn't it? If so, I have a question:
can a cat have HCM when the thyroid tests come back
Kim and C.C
--- "Mike & Linda Irrgang (Now in Jamaica!)"
> hi kim,
> pumpkin was diagnosed with hcm about 5 years ago; he
> takes atenolol daily
> and is a trooper. the most important thing to have
> with an hcm kitty is good
> medical care and good facilities to monitor the
> condition as it
> "progresses"..it is a degenerative condition but
> cats that are treated
> effectively and consistently with the rights meds,
> monitored and given
> regular ckups can live for years.....my vet says
> that he has one cat that he
> has been treating for 12 years.....do you have a vet
> that is trained and
> capable? Does the vet answer your questions? provide
> information without
> your asking to "educate" you, etc. many folks here
> live in different parts
> of the country and can recommend vets to you. i
> lived in the houston area
> and can recommend if you are interested.
> good luck.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kimberly Meyer [mailto:ck_99@...]
> Sent: Friday, November 03, 2000 10:48 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [feline-heart] new member
> Dear group,
> I just signed up for this and don't know exactly how
> it works, but I'm going to try for kitty's sake.
> My cat was diagnosed about 8 months ago with
> cardimyopathy. After doing research I believe it is
> the restrictive type because we have done two
> tests and the have both come back normal. The thing
> is, is that the symptoms say that he should be
> sick by now. He has been on the Diltiazim for a good
> part, not all of the 8 months. If anyone can tell
> anything about what they know or experienced, it
> be much appreciated. Thank you.
> 8:-) :-) ;-) :-) :-)
> B4N, CUL
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