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  • biwibug621
    Hi Everyone- My name is Carrie and my cat s name is Biwi. Biwi actually hasn t been diagnosed with any heart conditions but the cardiologist has noticed a few
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 31, 2009
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      Hi Everyone-

      My name is Carrie and my cat's name is Biwi. Biwi actually hasn't been diagnosed with any heart conditions but the cardiologist has noticed a few things we are keeping an eye on. In 2008, Biwi's asthma vet noticed she had a heart murmur and sent us over to have an echo done. The echo showed that her heart was slightly enlarged but not within diagnostic size. They sent us home and recommended I bring her back for another echo in a year. So this past January I took her back for her second echo. This time they reported that the heart had not enlarged any more from the previous year BUT that she did have a very small leak in one of her heart valves. The vet did not make me feel like this was something to really worry too much about. She told me to take precautions with a few things and told us to come back in about a year and a half. I should also mention that she was diagnosed with asthma from eliminating all the other things, so we know that it most likely is asthma. Since I don't really know much about this I would appreciate any information anyone has.

      Thanks!
      Carrie and Biwi
    • katy4282003
      what kind of meds is biwi on for her asthma? if it is oral/injectable steroids i would switch to inhaled as a precaution. oral/injectable steroids are not good
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 31, 2009
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        what kind of meds is biwi on for her asthma? if it is oral/injectable steroids i would switch to inhaled as a precaution. oral/injectable steroids are not good for heart kitties and although biwi hasnt been given that diagnosis she does have a heart issue and oral/injectable steroids can cause CHF plus they are known to cause diabetes even in healthy cats, they for sure suppress the immune system. inhaled steroids are not as risky since they go straight to the lungs where it is needed and not system wide.

        belle has HCM and asthma. she takes atenolol for her heart and inhaled flovent for her asthma (plus a rescue inhaler if needed which has been years).

        >^..^<
        katy & belle



        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "biwibug621" <biwibug621@...> wrote:
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        > Hi Everyone-
        >
        > My name is Carrie and my cat's name is Biwi. Biwi actually hasn't been diagnosed with any heart conditions but the cardiologist has noticed a few things we are keeping an eye on. In 2008, Biwi's asthma vet noticed she had a heart murmur and sent us over to have an echo done. The echo showed that her heart was slightly enlarged but not within diagnostic size. They sent us home and recommended I bring her back for another echo in a year. So this past January I took her back for her second echo. This time they reported that the heart had not enlarged any more from the previous year BUT that she did have a very small leak in one of her heart valves. The vet did not make me feel like this was something to really worry too much about. She told me to take precautions with a few things and told us to come back in about a year and a half. I should also mention that she was diagnosed with asthma from eliminating all the other things, so we know that it most likely is asthma. Since I don't really know much about this I would appreciate any information anyone has.
        >
        > Thanks!
        > Carrie and Biwi
        >
      • Judi Levens
        Hi Carrie and Biwi; I would only say to be VERY SURE that your vet doesn t use any steroids on Biwi for asthma...it can cause your cat to go into Congestive
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 31, 2009
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          Hi Carrie and Biwi; I would only say to be VERY SURE that your vet doesn't use any steroids on Biwi for asthma...it can cause your cat to go into Congestive Heart Failure if she has any heart disease...I have had that experience with my cat Max as have others on this site. I hope Biwi is OK...Judi and Max









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          Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:17:41 +0000
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          Hi Everyone-

          My name is Carrie and my cat's name is Biwi. Biwi actually hasn't been diagnosed with any heart conditions but the cardiologist has noticed a few things we are keeping an eye on. In 2008, Biwi's asthma vet noticed she had a heart murmur and sent us over to have an echo done. The echo showed that her heart was slightly enlarged but not within diagnostic size. They sent us home and recommended I bring her back for another echo in a year. So this past January I took her back for her second echo. This time they reported that the heart had not enlarged any more from the previous year BUT that she did have a very small leak in one of her heart valves. The vet did not make me feel like this was something to really worry too much about. She told me to take precautions with a few things and told us to come back in about a year and a half. I should also mention that she was diagnosed with asthma from eliminating all the other things, so we know that it most likely is asthma. Since I don't really know much about this I would appreciate any information anyone has.

          Thanks!
          Carrie and Biwi










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        • Kristen G
          Hi Carrie -- Welcome to the group!  The one thing that I would say is that 18months seems like a long time to wait for a recheck, especially with a cat that
          Message 4 of 4 , Jul 31, 2009
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            Hi Carrie -- Welcome to the group!  The one thing that I would say is that 18months seems like a long time to wait for a recheck, especially with a cat that has a history of changes in her heart's condition.  When my cat had a slightly enlarged heart, my specialist recommended a re-check in 6 months.  So, if she were mine, I might take Biwi back sooner than 18 months, just to make sure that nothing has changed. 

            I hope Biwi continues to do well!
            Kristen




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            From: biwibug621 <biwibug621@...>
            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 12:17:41 PM
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            Hi Everyone-

            My name is Carrie and my cat's name is Biwi. Biwi actually hasn't been diagnosed with any heart conditions but the cardiologist has noticed a few things we are keeping an eye on. In 2008, Biwi's asthma vet noticed she had a heart murmur and sent us over to have an echo done. The echo showed that her heart was slightly enlarged but not within diagnostic size. They sent us home and recommended I bring her back for another echo in a year. So this past January I took her back for her second echo. This time they reported that the heart had not enlarged any more from the previous year BUT that she did have a very small leak in one of her heart valves. The vet did not make me feel like this was something to really worry too much about. She told me to take precautions with a few things and told us to come back in about a year and a half. I should also mention that she was diagnosed with asthma from eliminating all the other things, so we know that it most likely
            is asthma. Since I don't really know much about this I would appreciate any information anyone has.

            Thanks!
            Carrie and Biwi







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