Enlarged Heart, reduced heart chamber
I was a member and had a question about my cat Gina, we did the ultra
sound and at that time we were told that she had a prognosis of 3
years, that was in April 2005. She was placed on Atenolol and Fortekor
and so far so good...I moved her away from dry food to a wet and now
raw formula and her general condition physically has improved as she
lost the extra weight with the diet change over the course of about 4
months (gradual transition) 3 years is coming up in April and of
course that's scary...We had a bit of a breathing episode congestion
her activity level had decreased and she seemed to be congested but
had been so good up to then ..Lasix was prescribe by a fill in vet (it
was the weekend) and then when I did follow up with my own vet I asked
for x-rays, he listened to her heart and said it sounded very
good...she looked great and everything was excellent...gums etc....
The x-ray results came this morning (or at least I got them then) He
said he was surprised to see the increase in the size of the heart
(not good) compared with the x-rays of 2005///Her weight is good and
has remained stable and since receiving the lasix her activity has
improved but of course he said we could try to keep her going although
when she does go it will be sudden..Her life quality is good she goes
into the back patio and looks at birds, sits up on the bunk bed climbs
the ladder...eats very well and looks spectacular...
Of course the problems is....
Have there been any breakthroughs to help the heart that has thickened
and the narrowing of the chambers inside the heart...She has had a
murmer since we had her and is 9 years old (too young to go I think)
Anyone had experience with bee pollen, dandelion leaf as
diuretics...the lasix of course is excellent but there are side
effects unless other things won't work....she is still on the fortekor
and atenolol daily.
Is there anything that will slow down the thickening of the heart any
nutrients I know about taurine and Cq10 etc.
She is such a sweet and pretty girl...
It is scary to be told the heart has increased in size, and HCM is a
progressive illness. It may be time to add more medication for Gina to continue to
stabilise her. I wouldn't worry too much about the 3 yr diagnosis, I`m sure
Gina has no intentions of listening to that!
There are other drugs which can help as progression gets worse. Trixi
started on Fortekor/Lasix and then we added Spiro and then Atenolol. Each time she
stabilises on the new drug, and there is also Vetmedin to try. I realise it
might not be best to keep adding tablets, but for my kittens, it is keeping
them stable and outliving all their diagnosis.
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