Re: [FH] New diagnosed
- I would recommend skipping the ekg and just doing the ultrasound which is
probably the 2nd option your vet mentioned. It seems like when an ekg is
done an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) is done anyway. The echo
is what will tell the specialist exactly what, if anything, is wrong.
Daisy: Maine Coon mix, 4 years old, diagnosed at age 1-1/2, asymptomatic
HCM, 6.25 mg atenolol daily
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From: "gormankatrina" <gormankatrina@...>
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2005 11:34 AM
Subject: [FH] New diagnosed
> Hello all I have been away for awhile after my bubba passed.
> Now as of yesterday my little tinkerbell has a slight heart murmur.
> Her liver values are up and she was a very sick little baby
> when I got her and had to bottlefeed her and have all her teeth out
> and it's a miracle that she is still here.
> Please if anyone can point me in the right direction this
> is alot to learn and I have no idea where to begin.
> My vets will work with her and "our team" will do everything we can to
> keep her alive for as long as possible.
> The vet said that there are 2 options 1 is to have a ekg??
> And then we can go to thompson ga to a specialist??
> The 1st option would cost about $150-200 while the 2nd would be about
> What would be my best plan of action?
> She does not ride well and she gets stressed out very easily and
> she is still rather tiny and boney.
> Thank you I hope someone can help me clear my head so that we can come
> up with a plan of action.
> Our team is myself and the whole vet staff.
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- In a message dated 7/1/2005 12:37:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> What would be my best plan of action?Others have said the same, but I'll add my two cents ...
The best plan of action is to have her seen either by an ACVIM cardiologist
or internist with experience in treating feline heart disease. The best
diagnositic tool will be an ultrasound -- an EKG will detect abnormalities in heart
rhythm, but won't give a physical representation of what the problem is --
valve defect, cardiomyopathy, whatever. They aren't cheap, but most places will
let you arrange payment plans, and in the end you save money -- when you know
exactly what the problem is, you can start appropriate treatment right off and
aren't futzing around with different meds.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France
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