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- Hi Everyone
I have just found this site whilst looking for info about cardiac
problems in cats. Marmalade, our almost 13 year old short haired
white and tortoise shell cat has been diagnosed as having an
enlarged upper heart after being taken ill on Saturday morning. She
awoke early moring and appeared to try to cough up a fur ball and
then collapsed on the bed panting.
After a three day roller coaster ride where several tests have shown
no underlying cause an ultrasound scan has reveled an enlarged heart
where the upper chambers are considerably enlarged in comparison to
the bottom - the vets had never seen anything like it and have
referred rhe test results and scans to a soecialist who has
confirmed that calcium blocking drugs are the preferred couse of
This is all a real shock as Marmalade has not appeared to be poorly
at all and has been really quite active with our three other cats.
She is still with the vets who have started het on her medication
this evening and hopefully this will slow her heart rate. she is now
quite stable and the vet says she has been quite active today.
Naturally, we are a liitle anxious, has anyone been through a
similar experience and do you have any advice?
Rose and Marmalade
- Dear Rose and Marmalade,
Welcome, but I am sorry that you had to find us.
Although I have no experience with the particular
heart affliction that you have described (I am
understanding that the left and right venticles
were normal by ultrasound?), I can tell
you that it is only after an acute episode of something
not quite right (panting collapse) that many of our
cats have been diagnosed with one heart malady or another.
Many of the cats here have also been on a calcium
channel blocker, although I have no personal
experience with such medication.
In general, enlarged atria have been correlated with
an increased risk for blood clots. It might be worth
asking your veterinarian about drugs to help with
clot prevention. My own cat took Plavix for about
a year. Some kitties have taken aspirin, others
low molecular weight heparin or the over-the-counter
Some here also believe that other various dietary
supplements might be beneficial. My own cat
took Coenzyme Q10 and fish oil (containing omega-3
fatty acids). A quick search of the archives will
help you find other supplements that you might
want to consider. I will mention that I did discuss
all of the supplements I gave to my cat (also a
tortie with white kitty - but with medium hair)
with her cardiologist.
Best to you both,
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