15612RE: [FH] New member . . . Kitty diagnosed with heart murmur
- Feb 2, 2004Laura
My kitty, Max, had a grade 2 heart murmur in September which was detected
during a routine exam. He did not have this murmur last spring (I take my
cats in 2x's a year for routine exams). They immediately (same day) got me
scheduled at the specialty clinic to have an echo done. This echo showed
his heart to be normal--no problems anywhere. But they said bring him back
in 3 mos. to look at it again. I did and during that echo, they were able
to tell from the measurements that very very slight thickening at his mitral
valve and his atrium had begun. So......I'm a great believer in getting the
echos done. A murmur does not mean the kitty has HCM or will develop it but
it's something to watch. I believe we've been given a blessing in disguise
by finding this so early so we can start treating it BEFORE things get
worse. For Max, the echo was not stressful. They did not have to shave him
or anesthetize him (or even give him anything at all which I would not have
wanted); they let me stay with him and he just laid on the "platform" still
as could be and purred away.
I hope this helps.
Max: 6.5 year old neutered male Scottish Fold, idiopathic primary HCM
diagnosed 12-2003, asymptomatic (normal bp, heart rate, resp), grade 2
murmur, very slight mitral valve and atrial thickening, treatment regimen:
30 mg COQ10 2x daily, 50 mg pycnogenol 2x daily, 250 mg each L-carnitine and
taurine 2x daily, dan shen pian 1 pill 2x daily (herbal anti-coagulant).
>From: "Laura Lawrence" <stella1609@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [FH] New member . . . Kitty diagnosed with heart murmur
>Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 00:05:15 -0000
>I hope it's okay to post this here since Riggs hasn't been diagnosed
>with HCM! We just found out today that our 1 1/2 year old male
>Ragdoll Riggs has a grade II/III heart murmur. He's a rescue and
>we've only had him about three weeks now; in addition to the heart
>murmur, he is also recovering from a viral infection and may have to
>undergo surgery to remove an undescended testicle. I was initially
>more worried about the testicle since he is having
>testosterone/androgen-related skin problems (stud tail and hair loss
>mostly) and has been spraying, but now that I've done some research
>on heart conditions I'm really worried about his long-term health.
>He isn't having any other cardiac symptoms like lethargy or
>coughing, although he is underweight. Our vet believes that it was
>an undiagnosed congenital defect, and didn't recommend any further
>treatment or special care at this time. What is the liklihood of
>this truly being something life-threatening? Is the murmur alone a
>serious enough problem for us to do more thorough diagnostics? Is
>there anything we need to be especially careful about with Riggs?
>Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer me!
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