Re: [feline-heart] Introducing Tripod
- Thanks so much, Laura. Would it be OK with you if I shared your post
with my vet? Thank you. Maud
>Both my cats have had mild-moderate HCM for three years. In that time, their
>early CRF has remained stable, with values at the high end or slightly above
>normal, and their HCM has either improved or worsened only slightly.
>They take diltiazem, Norvasc, and in Kassy's case, Tapazole for
>hyperthyroidism. Neither is on fluids.
>So...we haven't seen any ill effects from the diltiazem. All of our vets
>(including cardiologist) say they are heart patients first.
>Hope this helps.
>Laura, Lucky, & Kassy
>From: Maud Essen <maud@...>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 11:58 PM
>Subject: [feline-heart] Introducing Tripod
>>Hi, everyone. I'm new to this group, although CRF list members will
>>all know me as the mother of Tripod who had a Week of Hell last week.
>>First Tripod was hospitalized for fluid build-up in the chest cavity.
>>Then he had his ultrasound; "mild cardiopathy" was the official
>>diagnosis, and on further questioning I learned it appears to be the
>>HCM variety. Then Tripod threw a blood clot and lost the proper use
>>of his back leg, of which he has only one. He now moves around by
>>scooting, which is exhausting but doesn't stop him. Then Tripod
>>became unbearably constipated, and the stool had to be removed by two
>>Tripod is on 1/2 tablet of Lasix twice a day, and I am now giving him
>>a total of 250ml RSL subQ each day, up from 200ml a day prior to the
>>fluid build-up. This is his only treatment for HCM. He takes a number
>>of other medications and supplements for his CRF.
>>My vet has told me that the various calcium channel blockers and beta
>>blockers used to treat HCM would be too hard on Tripod's kidneys.
>>Although Tripod's kidney values are as good as one might expect
>>considering his 18-year-old age and the progression of the disease,
>>the vet seems to believe that the heart medications might throw
>>Tripod into acute kidney failure. It seems to me, however, that if he
>>has a heart attack it really won't matter at that point whether or
>>not his kidneys are working.
>>I'd appreciate any information (personal experiences, web sites,
>>etc.) that you might be able to share to help me understand what
>>choices a CRF cat has for HCM heart treatments. Thank you.
> >Maud and Tripod (and Motley)
> >Maud Essen
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