26393Re: [FH] I don't want to be here
- Dec 30, 2006Dear Amy,
Welcome to the group. I completely understand not
wanting to be here! Last February, my 5.5 yr old cat
was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive
cardiomyopathy. I had never belonged to any kind of
on-line group, support or otherwise, either, but the
people who make this site work are really good people
who love their animals dearly and really try to help
each other with both information and support.
Atenolol is the standard treatment for the obstructive
form of the disease. The beta-blocker slows down the
heart rate allowing more time for the ventricle to
fill which in turn should increase the volume of blood
pumped from the heart. Atenolol, in many cases, works
to reduce the obstruction. In fact, if your boy has a
heart murmur, it may disappear after a few months of
treatment. Some kitties don't do well with atenolol,
but it will take a bit of time for Luke to adjust to
the meds. If things don't seem quite right after a
couple of weeks, talk to your vet/cardiologist about
other treatment possibilities.
HCM does not progress the same way in all kitties. So
guessing at prognosis is not always a worthwhile
activity. Some cats remain stable for years and
others progress rapidly to congestive heart failure.
But even then, some kitties do relatively well for
extended time even with CHF. It sound very positive
that your cardiologist thinks Luke has several more
years to be with you.
Try to focus on making time for your Luke and playing
with him and loving him as much as possible. Others
here will have advice for you regarding
supplementation. It is my understanding that unless
the kitty has gone into CHF, most cardiologists do not
think that change to a low-sodium diet is beneficial.
Also, to not be afraid to play with Luke. He will
limit the amount he plays according to what his heart
Nala, Camille and Cozette (heart kitty)
--- amy13501971 <amy1350@...> wrote:
> Hi -__________________________________________________
> I've never joined an online support group before,
> but then again I've
> never had a cat with heart disease before. Luke is
> a 5 1/2 year old
> male who makes me smile. He was just diagnosed with
> Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. I don't know what to
> do. The thought of
> him not being with me is almost more then I can
> The cardiologist prescribed 1/4 tablet of a beta
> blocker called
> Atenolol twice a day. Does this usually help? Is
> there anything else
> that can be done? Should I start Luke on a low
> sodium diet?
> What's the typical prognosis? The cardiologist
> thought Luke would live
> another 3 1/2 years.
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