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  • athena_37@yahoo.com
    I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So much helpful information, but I m a bit overwhelmed. Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian.
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 31, 2001
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      I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So much
      helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.

      Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a syncopic episode
      last week in the middle of the night where he stopped breathing
      (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2 minutes and
      then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the morning and
      did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged. Blood work
      was all normal except for one elevated reading which indicated an
      allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline asthma or heart
      problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
      corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took him home Monday.

      Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored breathing
      (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His breathing also seemed
      raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't know how long
      he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who said he was in
      congestive heart failure (which I understand can "cause just enough
      extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into failure". X-rays
      showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural effusion). He
      treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him breathing more
      comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.

      The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is this something
      I should ask him about?

      It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a chance of
      living a decent life for a few months to possibly years on heart meds
      (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about the herbal
      remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that anyone would
      like to offer at this point?

      I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource and have
      visited MANY of the websites recommended in your posts. It has
      helped a great deal already!!

      THANKS!!

      Vicki
    • Jonathan Rosenberg
      Vicki, Sorry you had to find us, but welcome! The best advice I can give you is to get Augie to a vet cardiologist as soon as you can for a thorough evaluation
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 31, 2001
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        Vicki,

        Sorry you had to find us, but welcome!

        The best advice I can give you is to get Augie to a vet
        cardiologist as soon as you can for a thorough evaluation (which
        will include an ultrasound).

        Once you know exactly what his condition is, you can find the
        appropriate treatment.

        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: athena_37@... [mailto:athena_37@...]
        > Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 9:02 PM
        > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: [feline-heart] New member--Vicki & Augie
        >
        >
        > I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2
        > hours. So much
        > helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.
        >
        > Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a
        > syncopic episode
        > last week in the middle of the night where he stopped
        > breathing
        > (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2
        > minutes and
        > then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the
        > morning and
        > did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged.
        > Blood work
        > was all normal except for one elevated reading which
        > indicated an
        > allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline
        > asthma or heart
        > problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
        > corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took
        > him home Monday.
        >
        > Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored
        > breathing
        > (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His
        > breathing also seemed
        > raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't
        > know how long
        > he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who
        > said he was in
        > congestive heart failure (which I understand can
        > "cause just enough
        > extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into
        > failure". X-rays
        > showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural
        > effusion). He
        > treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him
        > breathing more
        > comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.
        >
        > The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is
        > this something
        > I should ask him about?
        >
        > It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a
        > chance of
        > living a decent life for a few months to possibly
        > years on heart meds
        > (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about
        > the herbal
        > remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that
        > anyone would
        > like to offer at this point?
        >
        > I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource
        > and have
        > visited MANY of the websites recommended in your
        > posts. It has
        > helped a great deal already!!
        >
        > THANKS!!
        >
        > Vicki
        >
        >
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      • MJ&AR
        Vicky can I just make a comment. I love seeing the name Athena. That is my precious sweet angel s name. We use to call her Thena. I still call her name. Thanx
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 1, 2001
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          Vicky can I just make a comment. I love seeing the name Athena. That is my
          precious sweet angel's name. We use to call her Thena. I still call her
          name. Thanx for listening.
          MJ & sweet angel Thena & 6
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: <athena_37@...>
          To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 6:01 PM
          Subject: [feline-heart] New member--Vicki & Augie


          > I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So much
          > helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.
          >
          > Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a syncopic episode
          > last week in the middle of the night where he stopped breathing
          > (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2 minutes and
          > then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the morning and
          > did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged. Blood work
          > was all normal except for one elevated reading which indicated an
          > allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline asthma or heart
          > problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
          > corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took him home Monday.
          >
          > Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored breathing
          > (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His breathing also seemed
          > raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't know how long
          > he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who said he was in
          > congestive heart failure (which I understand can "cause just enough
          > extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into failure". X-rays
          > showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural effusion). He
          > treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him breathing more
          > comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.
          >
          > The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is this something
          > I should ask him about?
          >
          > It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a chance of
          > living a decent life for a few months to possibly years on heart meds
          > (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about the herbal
          > remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that anyone would
          > like to offer at this point?
          >
          > I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource and have
          > visited MANY of the websites recommended in your posts. It has
          > helped a great deal already!!
          >
          > THANKS!!
          >
          > Vicki
          >
          >
          >
          > To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
          > feline-heart-unsubscribe@onelist.com
          >
          >
          >
          > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
          >
          >
        • mukki2@yahoo.com
          To answer one of your questions, yes, Augie could possibly live a very decent life for months to years. My cat was diagnosed with mitral valve insufficiency in
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 1, 2001
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            To answer one of your questions, yes, Augie could possibly live a
            very decent life for months to years. My cat was diagnosed with
            mitral valve insufficiency in Jan. 2000 (after an episode of CHF) and
            has been on enalapril and lasix since then. He was given 6 months to
            2 years to live (as you can see, we are coming up on the 2 year
            anniversary). Oftentimes, I thought he wouldn't make it, but he's
            still here and happy, as far as I can tell! He does have his ups and
            downs. I would highly recommend that you do indeed see a vet
            cardiologist or at least an internal medicine specialist and have an
            echo done on Augie -- this will give you information on the specific
            cause of the heart failure and allow the doctor to prescribe the
            appropriate meds. We went to an emergency vet hospital in our area.

            --- In feline-heart@y..., athena_37@y... wrote:
            > I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So
            much
            > helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.
            >
            > Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a syncopic episode
            > last week in the middle of the night where he stopped breathing
            > (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2 minutes and
            > then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the morning and
            > did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged. Blood work
            > was all normal except for one elevated reading which indicated an
            > allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline asthma or heart
            > problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
            > corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took him home Monday.
            >
            > Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored breathing
            > (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His breathing also
            seemed
            > raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't know how long
            > he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who said he was in
            > congestive heart failure (which I understand can "cause just enough
            > extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into failure". X-
            rays
            > showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural effusion). He
            > treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him breathing more
            > comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.
            >
            > The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is this
            something
            > I should ask him about?
            >
            > It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a chance of
            > living a decent life for a few months to possibly years on heart
            meds
            > (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about the herbal
            > remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that anyone would
            > like to offer at this point?
            >
            > I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource and have
            > visited MANY of the websites recommended in your posts. It has
            > helped a great deal already!!
            >
            > THANKS!!
            >
            > Vicki
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