Re: I am back - Afer
- Afer saw the cardiologist today. She was very nice and I felt very comfortable
(That means a lot to me.)
The cardiologist performed ultrasounds/echocardiogram and x-rays. (I was
limited the number of tests.)
Basically, she couldn't find a reason why Afer developed the fluid in her chest.
has issues with her heart - but not significant enough that she should have
So, we are in "wait and see" mode. The cardiologist said to discontinue the
have x-rays done again (can be at the regular vet, she said) in about 10 days.
suggested reperforming the echo in 6 months. If the fluid returns, she'd like
to repeat the
ultrasound before the fluid is drained, and have the fluid analyzed again. She
could do a CT scan, which would be more telling, but expensive (about $1,200).
I'm going to continue the CoQ10 every day (I see no reason why not) and the
taurine as I
can get it into her food. I still need to purchase some L-carnitine.
The cardiologist noted the following:
* Echocardiogram (a bunch of numbers that don't mean anything to me - then
There is mild LVH, but no signs of heart failure or atrial enlargement. No left
enlargement. The cardiac rhythm was normal during the ultrasound examination.
* Thoracic radiographs: Increased fat or air density in heart base region (can
of ascending aorta), tiny amount of pleural effusion. No obvious masses.
* Abdominal ultrasound: Insignificant. Small liver nodules - too small to
* Diagnosis: Mild cardiac changes - does not explain pleural effusion.
* Recommendations: Recheck radiographs in 10 dyas to monitor for recurrence of
Recheck echo in 6 months to monitor for cardiac changes. If fluid returns,
repeating thoracic ultrasound or CT chest. Also should submit fluid again for
analysis. Lasix can be discontinued at this time since heart is normal and this
chronic renal disease.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Lynette and her high-maintenance furries"
> On Christmas Eve, I thought Afer was breathing heavily, so I took her
> to the emergency vet. They drained 35 cc's fluid from one side, and
> 110 cc's fluid from the other side. They started her on Baytril
> (only for 3 days) and Lasix (one-half 12.5 mg tablet BID).
This all sounds great. The part about having mild HCM isn't good to hear. But then again, mild is good because that means you can help her and hopefully keep the disease at bay. I would be very excited to get this diagnosis given the alternative! The fluid in the chest can pretty easily be monitored at home by counting her breathing and by watching the intensity of the breathing. Maybe it (pleural effusion) was just a freak thing that you caught because you are such a good kitty mommie!
Leah and her cats and Angel Alec
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