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48295RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?

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  • Shi loh
    Jun 24, 2013
      Hi Mary Sue-

      On one end of the Doppler was what looked to be a sphygmomanometer, like a human blood pressure cuff would have. So both the systolic and diastolic could be tested. I have also heard people say they only rely on the systolic for kitties. My vet said that is true to some degree, but she also uses the diastolic also.

      Take Care,

      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      From: msrubin@...
      Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:24:42 -0400
      Subject: RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?


      That's good news. It obviously helped that you were there. It should get

      easier each you time go with him since Samson will quickly learn that it's

      okay and you'll be with him.

      How did they get the diastolic pressure reading? My understanding is that

      only the systolic pressure is available using a Doppler.

      From what I understand, stress is taken into account and attempts are made

      to reduce the stress and take multiple readings in different situations to

      gauge/reduce the effect of stress, as you have done by being present. Then,

      treatment would be recommended if the reading is consistently over the

      target of 150 (or whatever the target is) if the cat has other medical

      conditions going on that influence or are influenced by blood pressure. My

      vet usually takes 5 - 6 readings, more if the average is over 130. Maybe

      next time you could ask your vet to do more than three. As you see, they can

      jump around during the same exam.

      Mary Sue

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      Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 3:34 PM

      To: Feline Heart

      Subject: RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?

      Hi Feline Heart Group-

      At the vet this past Thursday, my kitty Samson had a average systolic BP of

      180. The vet advised to put him on Norvasc 1.25mg once per day. I asked if

      I could bring him back in with me present and have his BP taken again.

      Today I took him in, and the sound of the Doppler really scared him, but I

      just kept talking to him and she took 3 readings 145-155-165, so the

      average was 155. She says that he does not need Norvasc. His diastolic was


      I wonder how many kitties end up on BP meds unnecessarily because they are

      very stressed out at the vet when their BP was being taken.


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