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- Hello and MEOOWWW folks,
Spoke with Dr. B, TJ's cardiologist. She brought up the subject of at some point starting TJ
on anti-biotics. TJ has slight thickening of two of her heart valves, which COULD be caused
by bacterial infection.
Dr. B says in 12 years of veternary cardiology she has never seen a case like Tabby's. She
is showing odd symptoms of a combination of different kinds of HCM.
Her left ventricle is 40% enlarged, yet there is almost NO thickening of the heart walls.
She does NOT have dilated CM. The slight leak in her mitrial valve is also very rare.
I had an odd theory that I want to throw to the group: what if the entire problem is the
result of a bacterial infection in the heart and the different kinds of heart tissue respond
differently? The valves thicken, but other parts of the heart get inflammed in response and
that inflammation LOOKS like "growth". As a result of the inflammation, the heart has to
work harder and THIS causes the arrhythmia.
I remember a few years back, an MD came up with the theory that stomach ulcers are
caused by a bacteria and he was ridiculed for years by the medical establishment until he
proved his case with overwhelming evidence. I just wonder if some of the more
"idiopathic" CM are really bacterial infections that manifest in different ways depending on
what parts of the heart they infect.
MEOW and good night from Tabby and Tazzleberry Marie(the CURTAIN CLIMBER!!!)
> I had an odd theory that I want to throw to the group: what ifthe entire problem is the
> result of a bacterial infection in the heart and the differentkinds of heart tissue respond
> differently?Actually, this isn't an odd or new theory. Endomyocarditis is on
the list of possibilities of what might be the trigger/cause of RCM.
- --- sandworm90292 <erosla77@...> wrote:
> I had an odd theory that I want to throw to theThat does happen but usually to individuals who have
> group: what if the entire problem is the
> result of a bacterial infection in the heart and the
> different kinds of heart tissue respond
> differently? The valves thicken, but other parts of
> the heart get inflammed in response and
> that inflammation LOOKS like "growth". As a result
> of the inflammation, the heart has to
> work harder and THIS causes the arrhythmia.
something abnormal in the heart for bacteria to grow
on and then have bacteria introduced to the blood
stream when there is a dental procedure. For instance
my mother had scarlet fever as a child and developed a
murmur. She also has mitral valve prolapse. She takes
antibiotics before going to the dentist as a
prophalaxis. She takes Coumadin for the MVP.
A few years ago the Cincinnati Zoo lost a gorilla
after a dental procedure.
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