Re: [FH] Low Blood Pressure - Syncope
I don't remember all the details but at one time we had a vet student member of FH named Willaim Draper. Someone had a post about syncope & he stated it wasn't as expected in HCM probably because the thickened heart is not flaccid like the stretched out dog heart in DCM. Low output vs blood not getting out of the atrium because the ventricle has a smaller space inside due to thickening.
I believe syncope happens because the brain isn't getting enough O2.
Another symptom more common in dogs than cats is coughing due to heart disease.
Ruthie <ruthieville@...> wrote: Can you explain that relationship between blood pressure and whether the
condition is dcm or hcm? You've gotten me interested.
Ruthie and the crew.
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To: "Leah Ferron" ;
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 6:43 PM
Subject: Re: [FH] Low Blood Pressure - Syncope
My cat is on atenolol and one possible side effect is hypotension. Blood
pressure is difficult to measure in cats apparently. While taliking to my
vet I mentioned hypotension, and he said if my cat ever couldn't jump up on
furniture it would mean he was hypotensive from the atenolol. However I am
not sure if low blood pressure as a side effect of a beta-blocker presents
I do know that syncope is less common in cats than dogs, probably because
of the difference between DCM and HCM.
Leah Ferron wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with their kitties having low blood
pressure. I ask because I am not so sure that Alec's recent seizures aren't
actually syncope due to low blood pressure. I did some reading on the Yahoo
group Epi-Felines and the signs are almost the same for seizures and
syncope. The last time I had Alec at the vet's they said they had to get his
blood from his neck because his blood pressure was low and they couldn't get
it from his legs. A light bulb is going off here. Thoughts?? I know I need
to talk to my vet about this too.
Leah and her cats
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