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Isabella has a heart murmur, what now?

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  • madsongstress
    My girl Isabella has been on bp meds fot 2 weeks now and is doing great. Today we had her re-check and the vet listened to her heart and this time detected a
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 6, 2011
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      My girl Isabella has been on bp meds fot 2 weeks now and is doing great. Today we had her re-check and the vet listened to her heart and this time detected a slight murmur because her heart rate was much more normal this time and she couldn't hear it last time because it was to fast. She has also put on 2 ounces since last time, her energy, eating is all great.
      But now I am thinking there is underlying heart disease, so should I take her up for a complete workup with a heart specialist yet, or is there even anything we can do at this point besides keep her on the Norvasc? The vet seemed to think there was no real emergency.
      What about supplements for a kitty with her situation, should we do fish oil? coQ10? Would things like that help. We don't think it's CHF yet or anything, but what does it mean to actually have a heart murmur?
    • LorieAHuston@cs.com
      At this point, we don t know what the heart murmur means, only that she has one. Yes, she should have a cardiac work-up done, which would include an
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        At this point, we don't know what the heart murmur means, only that she has one. Yes, she should have a cardiac work-up done, which would include an echocardiogram preferably with a heart specialist. That should be helpful in telling you how serious the situation is and whether other medications are necessary. Depending on the results of the echocardiogram, your veterinarian may recommend additional medications. I doubt the supplements would hurt but I would probably hold off on them until her heart is assessed. Then you'll know exactly what you're dealing with and what you need to do to deal with it.

        Good luck to you and Isabella in dealing with this!

        Lorie Huston, DVM
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        My girl Isabella has been on bp meds fot 2 weeks now and is doing great. Today we had her re-check and the vet listened to her heart and this time detected a slight murmur because her heart rate was much more normal this time and she couldn't hear it last time because it was to fast. She has also put on 2 ounces since last time, her energy, eating is all great.
        But now I am thinking there is underlying heart disease, so should I take her up for a complete workup with a heart specialist yet, or is there even anything we can do at this point besides keep her on the Norvasc? The vet seemed to think there was no real emergency.
        What about supplements for a kitty with her situation, should we do fish oil? coQ10? Would things like that help. We don't think it's CHF yet or anything, but what does it mean to actually have a heart murmur?









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