Vets in NYC
- Hi, Jen, and welcome.
We're also in NYC. Our vet is The Cat Practice in NYC. Our cardiologists
have included Dr. Kramer from Long Island, and the cardiology team at the
Animal Medical Center.
Our boy cat, Pongo, died of heart failure at the age of 16.5 back in March
after a 20-month battle with HCM. He was only expected to live three to six
months after diagnosis and fooled everybody, having a great quality of life
almost to the very end.
Pongo's twin sister, Phoebe, is alive and well. The vet discovered a heart
murmur in February during a routine check-up and T4 (Phoebe is mildly
hyperthyroid.) Since the HCM gene is believed to be inherited, the vet
ordered an echocardiagram immediately.
The murmur turned out to be a mild enlargement on the right side of the
heart, considered a "condition" and not a disease. The left side
enlargement is the one you have to be concerned about -- that's
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and is considered a progressive
Not all murmurs are dangerous, but the vet said that often you get no
warning at all with HCM, so when they hear a murmur, they jump on it.
BTW, Pongo had had a mild murmur when he was young, about your Fred's age,
and it went away a couple of months later. No further heart trouble until
he was an old man, and then the HCM was detected by a "gallop rhythm," not
a murmur. Hopefully, by the time Fred is an old man, treatments and
possibly cures for heart diseases will be even further advanced than they