Re: [FH] Questions about Restrictive myopathy
My girl had HCM, not RCM but I have a couple comments.
Question # 4 - I use lovenox which is an injectible clot-prevention drug.
Other people on this list have also used it and I truly believe it works.
It is expensive and I buy it from Canada. Plavix is a pill that does the
same thing but from what I understand, it hasn't been in use for cats as
long as lovenox so there's less "experience" in general with plavix. That
doesn't mean it doesn't work as well. Aspirin can cause real stomach upset
and there haven't been tests done to show that it prevents clots. Another
thing to try is the enzyme nattokinase.
Question # 5 - Some people, including myself have oxygen at home. There are
two options - using oxygen tanks or an oxygen concentrator. The initial
cost of the oxygen concentrator is a lot - about $5-600 from ebay but I
figure it will offset the cost of one emergency visit. That takes oxygen
from the air as opposed to renting tanks that don't last very long. The
downside is that it's noisy but the newer models aren't as bad. If you want
to know more about a setup, let me know.
We don't have a poll per se, but if you look at the Yahoo group database
section, there's a database of basic information on our cats that people
should update when they join the group called "Our Furbabies". It gives
information on things like medications, breed, how long the cat has been
sick, type of heart disease, etc. It hasn't been mentioned in a while so
people probably aren't keeping it up-to-date.
----- Original Message -----
From: "dalemcp" <dalemcp@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 11:00 AM
Subject: [FH] Questions about Restrictive myopathy
> I have a friend with a diabetic cat diagnosed with restrictive
> cardiomyopathy. None of what she is reading is very encouraging. She'd
> like to know a couple of things from those people dealing with the
> restrictive myopathy so she'll know what to possibly expect through the
> course of this disease.
> 1. What meds are being used for the restrictive myopathy by
> 2. How long are cats living with the restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM)?
> 3. Of the cats that have passed, what did they die from? Clot? Fluid?
> 4. Of the meds used, is anyone using Plavix? Aspirin?
> 5. Anyone giving oxygen at home?
> If there is a poll on the list that might have some of these questions
> already answered?
> Thanks, again, for your help and sharing your experiences with us newly
> diagnosed pet owners.