Re: lung changes on x-ray
Trixi had lung changes as a kitten, and an enlarged thyroid. This cleared
up as she aged and the only changes were to her heart, apart from the lung
Milli has a different disease which is a cardiac cushion defect (hole in
the heart-- several holes in her case) It's a major congenital problem and
she was born with lung changes due to high pressures and this caused the lung
artery to harden. I don't know if that happens in HCM though.
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- Thanks. The vet said the lung abnormality he saw on the x-rays was consistent with asthma, which Pye has had for many years. I just wanted to find out if it could possibly be from anything else. He said the x-ray showed her heart the same size and shape as six months ago, but of course they can't tell all that much without another echo. At least it doesn't appear to have enlarged any further.
I'm hoping that by increasing her Flovent dose, maybe the lung inflammation or whatever it is the vet saw on the x-ray will decrease.
--- In email@example.com, Sue <susan@...> wrote:
> I never heard that heart disease would cause changes in the lungs. Maybe
> someone else knows better, but that just doesn't sound right to me. As
> Pepper's heart got worse, the changes showed up with increases in the size
> of her heart - not with changes in her lungs.
> They say that asthma can be exascerbated by atenolo. Pepper's asthma
> remained stable. Her trigger was food so that was easy to control. However
> she did develop an arrhythmia and when they discontinued the atenolol, the
> arrhythmia stopped. Katy and Belle have more experience with that.
> Sue & angels Pepper and Gandy
> with Nicholai, Lola-Joy and Isabella