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16821Re: Diltiazem or Atenolol

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  • turkishangoraathumanesociety
    Jun 20, 2004
      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Susan <somnamblst@y...> wrote:
      > > My cardiologist seems very encouraging to me that
      > > they possibly could
      > > have many more years to live with this disease.
      > Your cardiologist is correct. For insight on prognosis
      > see:
      > Population and survival characteristics of cats with
      > hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: 260 cases (1990-1999).
      > http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?
      > Susan
      Your Cardiologist AND Susan are correct :) When properly treated
      with the current methods (it is necessary to see a good Cradiologist
      to ensure this, which I am sure you are), these cats are now living
      for MANY years. It is important for the right meds, and to give them
      on a regular schedule so that they have the steady, proper intervals
      in between. My cat had heart failure last August...SEVERE
      OBSTRUCTIVE Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (undiagnosed until heart
      failure, even though she had see THREE different General Vets
      (unrelated condition) who checked her heart as well. Prognosis from
      initial echo was VERY POOR. Her Internal Med Specialist &
      Cardiologist have now concluded that the heart failure is "resolved,"
      although she is still considered HCM and must have her meds. As for
      her heart, she is like a wonder kitty...Unfortunately we are now
      battling what seemed like an allergic irritation on her front
      paws...She had to have it biopsied, as the suspect it might be
      pemphigus. 1st biopsy came back neg...but the Vet Derm is having the
      lab cut deeper into the biopsied tissue, as I think she still
      suspects that. It was scary enough having to have Lillie put under
      anesthesia (GAS ONLY...never ever injectible), and now face the
      possibility of lifetime treatment of steroids if it is pemphigus (I
      was told there is a steroid that is okay on heart kitties...forgot
      the name)...either way, I don't like the sound of it...Hoping it
      isn't that (or worse)...It hurts her (she is temp on Buprenex for
      pain) and looks awful. My poor baby has been through (and come
      through) so much...Just hope she gets through this.
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