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- Nov 12, 2004Hello,
My name is Amy. My cat Betti was just diagnosed with
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She has no symptoms, other than
the heart murmur that tipped the vet off -- and for this I
feel quite fortunate. I've joined the list to find out more
about managing this condition.
I also lost my first cat to HCM about six years ago. His
first sign of trouble was heart failure, and he was only
with me for a couple more months after that. For this reason
I had to fight back a bit of panic about Betti's diagnosis,
but I think I've gotten past that.
Here's Betti's story (well, her medical story):
Betti's vet heard her heart murmur during a regular exam
about two weeks ago. She was last at the vet's a year ago
and didn't have a heart murmur then. We had already planned
a blood panel (Betti's first "geriatric" workup). The good
news on that was: great-looking labwork. I took her in for
an echocardiogram and chest x-ray on Monday, which confirmed
Betti's vet tells me we've caught this early, and with
treatment she will probably do well for several years. I
don't know how old Betti is; we have her listed as eight
years old on her chart, but it's just a guess.
The vet has prescribed diltiazem, 22.7 mg/day (it's the
time-release variety). She also recommended I start Betti on
aspirin -- 1/2 of a baby aspirin every third day.
I picked up the diltiazem today and gave Betti her first
dose tonight. It's several little beads in a capsule, and
the pharmacist says it can be given sprinkled on food. I
thought I'd try giving her the capsule anyway, as I'll no
doubt have to give the baby aspirin as a pill. I tried the
trick of putting butter on the capsule to make it slide down
better, but I think that only caused the capsule to stick to
my fingers, and ultimately I was unsuccessful. I wound up
bringing Betti a "peace offering" with diltiazem sprinkled
on top, and that went down just fine.
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