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48297RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?

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  • Mary Sue Rubin
    Jun 24, 2013
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      I'm sure it would eliminate the stress factor. I wish I could afford one.
      They are upwards of $700.



      Mary Sue



      From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Cindi
      Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 7:00 PM
      To: Shi loh
      Cc: Feline Heart
      Subject: RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?





      A friend of mine had several cats with HBP and she purchased the
      equipment to take it herself at home. Just a thought for those so
      inclined.

      Cindi

      On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM, Shi loh wrote:

      > 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,
      > -Shiloh
      >
      > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>
      > From: msrubin@... <mailto:msrubin%40verizon.net>
      > Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:24:42 -0400
      > Subject: RE: [FH] What is considered high BP for a kitty?

      >
      > Shiloh,
      >
      >
      >
      > 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
      >
      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      >
      > From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>

      > [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
      >
      > Behalf Of Shi loh
      >
      > 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
      >
      > 110.
      >
      > 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.
      >
      >
      > -Shiloh
      >
      >





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