Re: [feline-heart] Widgie has HCM
- Hi Z,
Sorry to hear about Widgie :(
Please know that you have found a great group and I'm sure you'll get lots of help :) HCM is not a death sentence. Many kitties live long, happy lives... so hang in there :)
I don't recall reading anything about Atenolol and asthma - have you been to any of the heart websites?
IMHO, HCM did not *just* come on. Cats are notorious for masking symptoms. To the best of my knowledge the only way to diagnose it is with an ultra sound. Does Widgie suffer from HyperT or CRF? Has she ever been anemic? Does she have high BP?
My girl, Lightening was diagnosed in January 1999 with obstructed HCM and put on Atenolol. Aspirin was not recommended b/c of her CRF and its irritability on the belly.
Hope this helps
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- sorry to reply so late but i've been out of town in houston checking up on
our house duringt the recent rain storm....all is well for us, ttg.
but how is widgie??? it sounds to me like you aren't 100% comfortable with
your vet....it sounds a little strange to me that he listend to her heart,
said it was ok and then dx's with hcm a few hrs later....this would really
concern me....are you going to a cardiologist???
max and pum and i are keeping both of you in our thoughts!
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 10:34 AM
Subject: [feline-heart] Widgie has HCM
I joined this list a while ago when they thought my Widgie had a
heart problem. It turned out not to be and I unsubscribed. But then,
yesterday, I took her to the vet because she was vomiting everything.
They did xrays, gave her an enema and some fluids and a med for the
vomiting. That night she began having trouble breathing. I rushed her
to the vet at 11 pm and he gave her Lasix. this morning they did an
ultrasound and said it is HCM. So I am back. She is on Lasix for now.
He mentioned Atenolol (sp?) but I think I read that cats with asthma
shouldn't use it? Widgie does have asthma.
I am so upset, didn't sleep last night, don't know what to do for my
precious. My vet with his typical optimism said this is a life-
threatening disease. I can't believe this. When I took her in for the
vomiting they listened to her heart and it was okay. A few hours
later she has HCM. I need some input, please. I'll be gone from my PC
over the weekend since this is my work PC. And I'm leaving early
today to get back to my baby. Thank goodness she ate a little baby
food this morning. I want to give her every advantage to prolong her
life and keep her healthy as possible. TIA
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