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  • rose357101
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 28, 2008
      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
      treatment.

      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
    • nala nala
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 30, 2008
        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
        supplement Nattokinase.

        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,

        Nala


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