--- MS <ms3213@...
> 6) I asked what the indications for increasing
> atenolol would be. I don't
> remember everything about his answer, but I think he
> said he doesn't usually
> adjust that often.
Atenolol is really good at lowering a too fast heart
rate (tachycardia) It is used in human heart failure
in addition to lasix and enalapril but it is started
at a very tiny dose and titrated up. People report
feeling worse on atenolol before eventually feeling
better. Keep in mind people typically suffer from
systolic rather than diastolic disfunction and
beta-blockers are people meds that can only be cut
into halves or quarters.
> -Do you know about indications for atenolol dose?
> I've noticed some of your
> cats on are higher doseages than mine (tavy is on
> 6.25 twice/day).
My cat is on 12 mg. probably based on his hyperkinetic
heart before atenolol. He is 8 lbs.
Since Tavy is a girl and older has hyperT absolutely
been ruled out? My mom's neighbors cat was referred to
Rudy's internist recently. He was initially diagnosed
with mild HCM and put on atenolol, but eventually
because the internist said you could not rule out
hyperT based only on a negative lab work result,
somehow discovered nodes on the thyroid and was
referred to a surgeon for removal. I have not spoken
to the owner since the initial HCM diagnosis, but I am
thinking the thyroid node removal may resolve the HCM
as the HCM may be secondary to the thyroid problem.
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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