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  • Susan
    ... I asked ... Cardiomegaly is not a disease but a description of the state of the heart, ie. that the heart is enlarged. I explained that we would like
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      --- monalissa1978 <Monalissa143@...> wrote:
      I asked
      > him if Phantom has any of the Cardiomypathies and he
      > said no he has
      > Cardiomegaly

      Cardiomegaly is not a disease but a description of the
      state of the heart, ie. that the heart is enlarged.

      I explained that we would like Phantom to see a
      > cardiologist for his
      > next Echo. He seemed to understand, even started
      > throwing out names
      > of Cardiologists, but he does feel that the Internal
      > Medicine
      > Specialist who performed the Echo is very good. He
      > said he does a
      > lot of them and has great equipment - I think
      > Doppler

      There are different types of ultrasound, Color Doppler
      I believe is more for showing the flow of the blood
      and 2D shows the dimensions of the atrium and
      venticles.

      My cat's vet is IM. He is old and very experienced.
      Their is a young cardiologist in my city also but I am
      happy with my current vet as he does believe in
      treating asymptomatic cats based on his clinical
      experience. And this is something I agree with even
      though there have been no studies done to demonstrate
      efficacy.


      That said,
      > I would still like to see a Cardio, because I did
      > confirm with him
      > that I am not able to speak with the Internal Med
      > Specialist direct
      > and if it were me I would see one.

      >
      > Now...what I'm wondering is if anyone's kitty kat
      > getting treatment
      > for cardiomegaly alone - no underlying
      > cardiomypathies present?

      I'm not sure. The term cardiomegaly indicates that the
      heart is larger than it should be. My question would
      be why.


      Susan

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      Rudy: Male DSH brown tabby, feral mom, diagnosed 09-2002 at 19 months of age with idiopathic HCM: grade 2 murmur, hyperkinetic heart, borderline normal thickening, considered asymptomatic, 12.5 mg Atenolol 1x day, 1/2 baby aspirin 2x week administered via pilling



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