16146Is tachycardia ever benign?
- Apr 6, 2004--- William Draper <wedraper@...> wrote:
> yeah, that's definitely too fast for an HCM cat. iFrom my reading I have gotten the impression that a
> was giving normal ranges in a healthy cat to display
> the wide variety of normal HRs.
> dvm in 2005
fast heart rate if it is sustained for a long enough
period of time can cause mechanical damage to the
heart. I know I saw a reference once to the statement:
if a heart beats (some really big number) of times per
minute, in 3 weeks that heart will be in CHF.
I do know that my cat was put on atenolol not because
of his borderline hypertrophy, but because of a
"hyperkinetic heart that is unrelated to the anxiety
of the kitten". I suppose just the fact that the heart
is beating too fast suggests some type of disfunction,
as I don't suppose there can be a benign reason for
With male cats being overrepresented among felines
with HCM I cannot help wondering if something that is
specific to male cats, for instance territorial
stress, which in theory would result in elevated
circulating catecholamines could be one etiology in
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