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  • filipina10410
    hello. my beloved cat, Patrick (a 12 year old orange tabby), was recently diagnosed with hcm after a checkup revealed an aquired heart murmur. he had been
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 4, 2004
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      hello. my beloved cat, Patrick (a 12 year old orange tabby), was
      recently diagnosed with hcm after a checkup revealed an
      aquired heart murmur. he had been irradiated last March to
      correct a hyperthyroid condition, and from what I've read there
      seems to be some sort of link between thyroid problems and
      hcm. the cardiologist said that it's fairly early in the disease, and
      he isn't yet exhibiting symptoms, so that there was nothing we
      should do right now. do you all agree? according to this guy,
      medical treatments can cause other problems and haven't been
      proven to help the animal. although I asked him about it, he also
      didn't suggest any dietary changes. for several years now
      Patrick's been eating a dry food called OM (for overweight
      management) that was recommended by our vet.

      is it grasping at straws to believe there must SOMETHING I can
      do for Patrick that will allow me as much time with him as
      possible?? I guess I should talk to my vet, but I haven't yet gotten
      to the point where I can talk about Patrick without bursting into
      tears.

      I live in the baltimore-washington area, so if anyone knows of a
      fabulous specialist in that region (or even a couple hundred
      miles of there), I'd hugely appreciate the information.

      thank you. -Maggie
    • jen
      Maggie, Welcome to the group and I m sorry to hear about Patrick. Deagan is also an orange and white kitty and I have a special place in my heart for them! I m
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 4, 2004
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        Maggie,

        Welcome to the group and I'm sorry to hear about Patrick.
        Deagan is also an orange and white kitty and I have a special place
        in my heart for them!

        I'm sure you will get lots of responses, but I would take your
        guy to see a cardiologist. There are plenty of treatments and
        medications for HCM, and while they may not have been scientifically
        proven to reduce the progression of HCM, they certainly don't speed
        it up, and they can relieve many of the symptoms of the disease
        (reducing murmurs, reversing some hypertrophy etc.) There are also
        many andecdotal improvements demonstrated by kitties when they start
        their meds. There are many cats on this list who are asymptomatic
        who are on medications, Deagan is one of them, and I feel that
        treatment is the only way to go. Deagan has never shown any signs
        of his heart problem, but he is certainly much more full of beans
        now that his takes medications than before them - he now runs up and
        down the stairs for fun, usually at about 4 am <g>

        Check out the database for the lists' kitties and their meds. (And
        all our recent newcomers, please add your kitties to the list!)

        In respect to the thyroid issue, hyperT can certainly cause
        HCM, but once the thyroid issue is resolved, the HCM will reverse
        itself. I'm not sure what sort of time frame this involves, but a
        cardiologist would know.

        Good luck and keep us updated with Patrick!

        jen, deagan and kira the dog
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