16865New member: My cat was diagnosed yesterday with HCD
- Jul 1, 2004I am REALLY glad I found this group. My 8 1/2 year cat Nigel got an
ultrasound of his heart yesterday and was diagnosed with Obstructive
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He also has asthma. I found out about
his heart disease because he was having trouble breathing. After
rushing him to the vet, I found out he had fuild in his lungs.
He is on Salix, diltiazem, and aspirin. After I got him home from
the vet last night, he was breathing rapidly. I didn't want to take
him back to emergency if it wasn't necessary as I knew it would
stress him out even more, and I have already spent $1,200 in 10
So, I stayed up all night and measured his breaths per minute. He
was borderline to go back to the ER at 10 PM (60 to 64 breaths per
minute). At 3:45 AM, he was down to 48 bpm, and at 6:35 AM, he had
gotten down to about 36 to 40 bpm (while sleeping). After talking
to the vet this morning, we decided he is okay for now.
This is so stressful!!!! After getting no sleep and worrying about
my best little buddy, I am a totel wreck. This morning, if anyone
asked me how I was doing, I started crying. At lunch, I went home
and checked on Nigel and he seemed okay. His BPM rate is a little
high due to his heart disease. I am crossing my fingers and toes
that the heart medication allows him more oxygen so that he can
Thank you SO MUCH for listening to me.
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