Re:Cat got test results about heart mumur
- Hi Anna
I`m glad your girl saw a specialist, it helps so much to have a diagnosis.
You say she has valve problems, has she got HCM as well? Valve problems can
be inherited or can be part of HCM. thyroid problems can also cause
secondary heart problems.
If she has HCM, she has no symptoms, so it's good you caught it early.
Atenolol is often used to slow down the progression of HCM, as it reduces the
blood pressure and heart rate. My cats with HCM have atenolol and take it
with no side effects. It's a quarter pill twice a day and a very very tiny
pill which is easily hidden in paste or chicken.
With Maxi, we used liquid atenolol at first and gave it him with a syringe,
increasing the dose each week until he was on the proper dose. This was
because they were worried atenolol may push him into heart failure if given
suddenly. My other cats went straight onto full dose.
Josh stopped atenolol when his heart failure got worse and he is currently
doing ok. The reason we stopped was his kidneys were failing and stopping
the atenolol seems to have helped that by raising the blood pressure so the
kidneys can work a bit better.
Atenolol has to be given regularly. You can't miss doses, so it would be a
lifelong commitment. It is usuall to repeat the echo after a month/8 weeks
to see if it is working.
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