Patrick and the crappy cardiologist
- I sent a general distress email to the group a few
weeks ago, concerning a recent diagnosis (1/19/04) of
asymptomatic HCM (with a grade 3/4 heart murmur) in my
12-year-old orange tabby, Patrick. Having just joined
the group, I was distraught both by the cardiologist's
diagnosis and his assertion that nothing should be
done, "just come back in a year for another
Thanks in large part to feedback from a number of the
group (I'm so grateful to those of you who responded
to my SOS), I found another cardiologist in the Links
section of the site and took Patrick to see her last
Thursday. It turns out that the HCM is probably
secondary to hypertension. His BP was something like
210 or 220, and there was already some indication of
damage to his eyes. While it's true that he had had a
hyperthyroid condition about a year previously
(quickly corrected with radiation), I'm appalled that
the first cardiologist simply assumed that was the
cause and never even thought to check his blood
He's now on BP medication, and already seems more
himself (perkier, more affectionate) than he has in
months. Once his BP stabilizes, he's to go on aspirin,
as well, to prevent blood clots from forming.
Mainly, I wanted to let everyone know what a help this
site was, and that it never hurts to get a second
opinion. If I had waited another year, I expect
Patrick would have gone blind, or worse.
Thanks, again. -Maggie
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