Just wondering if a cardiologist looked at Stinky's echocardiogram
and made the diagnosis. If not, it may be a good idea to have one
review it to confirm the diagnosis. Regular vets do not have the
same expertise as the specialists who may have a slightly different
take on the results.
In humans, we often see benign murmurs; by outflow tract I assume the
problems is with the aortic valve coming out of the left ventricle.
In terms of progression of heart disease, if the leak is functional
only (not related to HCM) there is no reason why it should worsen.
Of course, with HCM the murmur will likely worsen as the hypertrophy
progresses. As long as there is no stenosis or narrowing of the
aorta, the murmur shouldn't cause any problems. If it is severe,
Stinky man may have some exertional dyspnea (some shortness of breath
with activity) which may explain his mellowness - or maybe he is just
As far as getting answers from your vet, you could make an
appointment with him and sit down to ask all your questions.
Sometimes you may pay a little extra for this but getting answers is
really important. At the clinic I worked at, a scheduled appointment
was set aside for owners to ask their questions when they came in to
pick their pet up. I believe that getting your questions answered is
part of that service. The question about higher cardiac risks and
recheck ultrasounds are questions that your vet can answer best.
When Deagan goes in for recheck echocardiograms, I always write down
all my questions because I forget half of them if I don't :)
keep us posted,
jen, deagan and kira the dog
- Me too. I keep a pad and write down questions. Before the
appointment with the cardiologist, I type them all up and leave
space for answers. The I print it out and take it with me to the
The cardiologist always talks to me after Nigel's check-up/ultra
sound/x-ray. This is when I ask my questions. And I write down all
the answers, so I don't have to rely on my memory. Also, I can
refer back to waht she told me. I think it is routine to ask
questions during the appointment. For me, it is much harder to get
them answered later.
(SAB) another Sarah
> When Deagan goes in for recheck echocardiograms, I always writedown
> all my questions because I forget half of them if I don't :)
> keep us posted,