New Member Question - CHF
- Hello everyone!
My cat Pippin was diagnosed with HCM in the fall of 2000. Yes - he
really has HCM, he sees a cardiologist regularly, and take lots of
medications. Pippin has been really lucky.
He is in the end stages now. He had CHF on Thanksgiving this past
year, and they gave us the "quality of life" talk. Pippin, of course,
decided the day after coming home from the hospital that he had to go
outside and chase the birds, and thinks the vets don't know what they
are talking about. He is very happy now, and the vets continue to be
surprised by his level of activity.
But I know we must be close now. I am wondering how long people have
had cats live once they have had CHF. Pippin has also had blood
clots and is on lovenex, and they tell us that the lovenex is not
controlling the clots 100% any more, and that he might die from a
Yesterday, as I watched him lying on his back in the sun, I realized
how confused I feel about it. It's not just that he is doing well,
he is in his early teens, and is more active that my other cats.
He's not hyperthyroid. (They test for that over and over again.) But
his heart wall measurements don't lie. So what should I expect?
I just don't know what to think. I guess it would help to know other
people's experiences after CHF.