worried about next echo
- Hi, I know most of you have gone through this but any tips with how to
deal with the anxiety of the first re-check echo? Pye was diagnosed
with very mild HCM (basically it is just SAM) in May and next week she
is having her second echo to see if there is any progression.
The cardiologist gave her initial prognosis as good but said that
long-term prognosis depends on the results of this upcoming echo. Pye
has responded well to 1/4 tab of atenolol twice a day--her vet visits
since initial diagnosis have all been good. Her heart rate has
remained 140-150, which is what the cardiologist wants, and each time
our vet listened (she has had a couple of routine visits in this time)
he said he could no longer hear any heart murmur (at diagnosis it was
Our vet, whom I trust because he runs the oldest cats-only clinic in
the city and has a lot of experience with heart kitties) has been a
lot more optimistic than a lot of what I have read online. He said
most cats with mild HCM that he has seen respond well to treatment and
live a normal lifespan. He did say, of course, that a lot depends on
what this next echo shows.
My husband believes that the next echo will show stability because our
cat has responded so well to the atenolol and she is also acting like
her old self again (she was a bit lethargic at first with the
atenolol). She just turned 10. We have been giving her taurine and
CoQ10 in her food. We also feed her some Royal Canin for Maine Coons
because it contains some heart healthy supplements, including
carnithine (she is not a Maine Coon, however).
I guess we are doing all we can but so much depends on the results of
this upcoming echo that I am a nervous wreck. I keep reliving the
first echo which was one of the worst days of my life. I was so afraid
of the diagnosis that the minute the cardiologist walked in, I burst
into tears, and this was before the echo.