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Re: Followup on Seymour ... good news!

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  • Kristi
    Sally was officially diagnosed at the age of 2 with moderate HCM. She also had a grade III murmur that was first noticed when she was 8 months old. I started
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 3, 2008
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      Sally was officially diagnosed at the age of 2 with moderate HCM.
      She also had a grade III murmur that was first noticed when she was
      8 months old. I started her on twice daily Diltiazem and per the IM
      specialist's recommendations, brought her in for an ultrasound every
      year. Over time, her left ventricle went from 1.8 to almost normal
      size.

      She is now 13.5, her HCM is still considered moderate, still a grade
      III murmur but now she is also taking Lasix and Enalapril for mitral
      valve regurgitation. She is also fighting off lymphoma which
      doesn't make the situation easier. Her vets were concerned about
      her heart deteriorating after two episodes of medication related
      CHF, but the cardiologist and IM specialist were both pleasantly
      surprised to see that her heart wasn't enlarged and still looked
      pretty good.

      I haven't tried giving her supplements for her heart. She has IBD
      and normally vomits anywhere from 2-3 times a week to daily. She
      has had strong reactions to almost every medication I have ever
      given her, even antibiotics have made her sick. The only thing she
      seem to be able to tolerate is Clavamox. I didn't want to aggravate
      things with supplements and she hasn't seemed to need anything other
      than the Diltiazem.

      Her HCM hasn't kept her from living a normal, healthy life. Yes
      she's made a few more trips to the vet than normal and I've gotten
      VERY good with a pill gun, but if you didn't know she had a heart
      problem, you wouldn't have been able to tell anything was wrong with
      her. As long as you have Seymour's heart checked once a year, you
      should be fine. You sound like you're pretty in tune with him and
      know when something's not right. Keep up with that! Sally's
      breaths per minute vary but when she starts wheezing or making a
      sound almost like a rusty purr then I know there's trouble. HCM is
      not a death sentence! I think you'll have many many happy years
      wtih your sweet boy.

      Good luck!
      Kristi & Sally Maria
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