8090Re: [FH] (no subject)
- Nov 1, 2002Hi Nancy,
Lots of cats outlive predications. I have a friend whose cats was born
with severe cat problems; the vet said the cat wouldn't live a year. The
cat has never seen a cardiologist, but she is now 14 years old; she still
has a heart problem and tires very easily, but she is alive and happy.
In *human* studies, atenolol depressed the levels of CoQ10 in the boday.
Older people are more at risk, since the levels of CoQ10 already drop as we
age. Maybe this is not necessary because Samantha is young. Ask the vet
if CoQ10 would hurt her; if not, I would supplement a little.
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Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 11:09 PM
Subject: [FH] (no subject)
> Gentle Folk,
> Today I drove 2 hours one way in order to take Samantha-Joy to the
> Verterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. They did an EKG and
> ultrasound on her - Even recorded the sound of her heart murmur. This is
> what was written in her Discharge Instructions.
> "We have diagnosed Samanthajoy with Herpertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is
> condition that is often hereditary in purebreed cats or purebreed crosses
> is characterized by thickened walls of he heart. Samanthajoy's heart
> is SERVERE and wil progress with time. There are three potential
> with Samantha's disease. Cats with HCM are at risk of sudden death. She
> also may throw a blood clot which may manifest as the inability to use her
> rear limbs. Lastly, she may have difficulty breathing, indicating that
> may be in heart failure."
> I asked how long Samantha-Joy had to live. I was told that patients with
> state of severity usually live 15 months. When I heard those words, I was
> stunned, devastated. After all, my younger brother, was born with a heart
> murmur and didn't die until he was 37 years old, and that was because he
> smoked 3 packs a day. I thought it would be the same with Samantha-Joy.
> That all I'd need to do is feed her raw food, give her vitamins and herbs,
> and she would live to be 5 or 6 years old, instead of the 15 or 16 years
> other cats so easily reached. But according to the vet we'll be lucky if
> Samantha-Joy reaches two years before she dies.
> The vet gave me 3 months worth of Atenolol as well as a new experimental
> called Enalapril. This is an experimental drug that the hospital is doing
> study on. I'm not to begin using it until I get the go-ahead from them
> the kidney values come in). I asked if it was OK to continue giving CoQ10
> and taurine. She said that they are not indicated for Samanth-Joy's
> condition. They are best used for cats with hypotrophic cardiomyopathy,
> hypertrohic cardiomyopathy.
> May the Creator/Creatress watch over you and your beloved felines.
> Nancy Lion-Storm, and:
> Confidence-on-a-Rainy-Day (17 yr.)
> Lucky-To-Be-Alive (12 yr.)
> Fortune-Silver-Cloud (6 y.r.)
> Samantha-Joy-Queen-of-Heaven (9 mo.)
> Cassandra-Joy-Soothsayer-Mystic-Seeress (6 mo.)
> And in memory of angel cats:
> General-Chauncey-Beardsly-Peddleton-the-Third (d. 10/17/1986)
> History-Repeats-Herself (d. 4/10/2001)
> Jasmin-Pretty-Cat-Calico-Persian-Extraordinaire (d. 1/21/2002)
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