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Re: Medicines for the heart

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  • jen
    Gina, It sounds like Onyx is on all the right medications for his heart failure. The beta blockers have to be used with extreme care when heart failure has
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 4, 2004
      Gina,

      It sounds like Onyx is on all the right medications for his
      heart failure. The beta blockers have to be used with extreme care
      when heart failure has already occured because they reduce the
      strength of the contraction of the heart. When HCM hearts fail,
      using the beta blocker can reduce the cardiac output to much and
      cause heart failure. I would ask your vet about the beta blocker,
      but s/he may be reluctant because s/he doesn't want to drop Onyx's
      output. The fact that he is doing well on his present meds is also
      a good sign.
      Hope this helps,

      jen, deagan and kira the dog
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