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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