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Re: [feline-heart] Introducing Tripod

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  • Maud Essen
    Thanks so much, Laura. Would it be OK with you if I shared your post with my vet? Thank you. Maud ... -- Maud Essen Essential Services 4163 West Pine Boulevard
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 24, 2001
      Thanks so much, Laura. Would it be OK with you if I shared your post
      with my vet? Thank you. Maud

      >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
      >
      >-----Original Message-----
      >From: Maud Essen <maud@...>
      >To: feline-heart@egroups.com <feline-heart@egroups.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
      >>different vets.
      >>
      >>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
      > >Essential Services
      > >4163 West Pine Boulevard
      > >Saint Louis, MO 63108-2801
      > >
      > >314.531.8098 (voice)
      > >314.535.5119 (fax)
      > >maud@...
      > >
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      Maud Essen
      Essential Services
      4163 West Pine Boulevard
      Saint Louis, MO 63108-2801

      314.531.8098 (voice)
      314.535.5119 (fax)
      maud@...
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