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Re: [FH] New here, my cat was just diagnosed with an enlarged heart

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  • Sue at MAGDRL
    Hi, Welcome to the group. That seems to be a typical waiting time to see a cardiologist. My regular vet said that she now refers heart patients to the
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 3, 2007
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      Hi,

      Welcome to the group. That seems to be a typical waiting time to see a
      cardiologist. My regular vet said that she now refers heart patients to the
      cardiologist that my cat sees and that most people have to wait 4 weeks to
      see him.

      What symptoms was she showing that she was diagnosed?

      Usually we recommend a good-quality canned food diet along with supplements
      such as CoQ10 to support overall health. There are many other supplements
      too but usually it's best to make changes slowly and introduce them one at a
      time. Adjusting to the new medication is the first step. The benazapril is
      an ace-inhibitor which will reduce the workload of the heart and let it work
      more efficiently with the changes caused by heart disease.

      Unfortunately, most vets have very little knowledge of heart disease and
      they often predict doom. While we can't promise otherwise, with changes to
      support overall health, cats can live a long time with heart disease. My
      own girl always surprises her cardiologist. I've gotten the impression
      (confirmed by my regular vet) that the cardiologist thinks her lab reports
      show that she should be long gone and yet she's doing just fine more than 2
      years after diagnosis. Plus she's 13 so that's getting up there - around 60
      in human years.

      Let your vet know that you think she can hang in there are although you're
      prepared, you are not ready to give up.

      The best thing to do is look through the message archives and the resources
      in the Yahoo group. There's a Word document in the files section on
      questions to ask your cardiologist. That might be a good starting point.

      Check it all out and then post any questions you might have. That's what
      we're here for!


      Sue


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "insertcreativehandlehere" <ipsychotica@...>
      To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 7:09 PM
      Subject: [FH] New here, my cat was just diagnosed with an enlarged heart


      > She is waiting to be seen by a cardiologist but could be 2 to 3 weeks
      > before she can get to the specialist. The vet gave her Benazapril (
      > sp ) 2.5 mg a day and a omega 3 supplement. I am wondering what else I
      > can do to slow the progression of this disease. Any information would
      > be greatly appreciated. The vet was somewhat unhelpful and too focused
      > on telling me she is going to die than offering any advice other than
      > the gardia specialist. Thanks
      >
      >
    • Leah Ferron
      This should have gone to the group. insertcreativehandlehere wrote: Hello again, I just wanted to update to say that I have an
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 8, 2007
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        This should have gone to the group.

        insertcreativehandlehere <ipsychotica@...> wrote: Hello again,

        I just wanted to update to say that I have an appointment with the
        Specialist next thursday. The Vet tech at my vets was really great and
        managed to get me scheduled in on a fully booked visit so I am lucky to
        be getting one so soon.

        Leah gave me some great info on supplements and other stuff and I have
        been reading alot so I feel much more hpeful now about things.
        Thank you again and I will keep upadating as I find out more.

        Stacy





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