Re: [FH] mitral valve dysplasia
While I can't answer your specific questions, it may be to your benefit to
request a telephone appointment with the cardiologist. Have a list of
Just keep in mind that they can guess at how long a cat will live, but
without a functioning crystal ball and a bit of witchcraft, it's really just
a guess. Get your cat stabilized with the medication and get him on some
supplements like CoQ10 and omega-3 oil and see where it goes from there.
Once he's stable, he could live for months or possibly years.
----- Original Message -----
From: "johnvbranch" <bbranch1@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 5:45 PM
Subject: [FH] mitral valve dysplasia
> My daughters one years old cat had been having fainting spells which
> were becoming more frequent over the past three weeks. After his first
> fainting spell at night we took him to an emergency vet who ran all
> kinds of tests but offered no diagnosis. The fainting/seizures became
> more frequent - every other day - and so we went to a second vet who
> said he may have a heart problem. We decided to drive a few hours to a
> vet teaching hospital and yesterday a cardiologist diagnosed Casey
> with mitral valve dysplasia and perscribed Atenolol. I asked how
> serious it was and how long Casey might have before his heart gave out
> but all we were told was that "the hardening of the heart wall is
> profound". I didn't push the point as my daughter was extremely upset
> and I thought the vet might be trying to spare her futher stress.
> Does anyone have any thoughts on how long a cat with this condition
> can survive?
> Thanks for any info.