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Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

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  • Diana Anderson
    My dear angel Happy was 15 when we adopted him. He came to us a very ill boy. Our regular vet detected a murmur and suggested a cardiologist. There arent many
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 6, 2011
      My dear angel Happy was 15 when we adopted him.

      He came to us a very ill boy. Our regular vet detected a murmur and suggested a cardiologist.
      There arent many vet cardiologists in my area but we did find a good one who visits the local emergency center once a month.

      Happy had a total of 3 ultrasounds while he was alive and in that time he was on Atenolol and
      baby aspirin just as your kitty is now.
      In fact Happy's last ultrasound showed no deterioration, he was a surprisingly good condition for a 17 year old.

      He died a few months later, it wasnt his heart. he died of a twisted stomach


      http://angelkitties.com/mems/index.php?page=detail&get_id=22&category=8


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    • joanne marbut
      We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one
      Message 2 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
        We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.


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      • Westgold
        When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a
        Message 3 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
          When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

          take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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          From: joanne marbut
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
          Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?



          We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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        • ERIC LEE
          Did Tigger s ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart? I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so
          Message 4 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
            Did Tigger's ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart?
            I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so I have to pay him off first.
            My vet is monitoring his heart with ultrasounds right now
             
            Thanks for your response


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            From: Westgold <westgold@...>
            To: joanne marbut <jomarbut@...>; feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:48 PM
            Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?


             
            When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

            take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: joanne marbut
            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
            Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

            We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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          • Westgold
            Tigger has mild HCM, mild thickening -- so that s why he s been stable all these years. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so I am always prepared.
            Message 5 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
              Tigger has mild HCM, mild thickening -- so that's why he's been stable all these years. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so I am always prepared. What is your vet able to tell with just a regular ultrasound?
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              From: ERIC LEE
              To: Westgold ; joanne marbut ; feline-heart
              Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 2:45 PM
              Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?


              Did Tigger's ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart?
              I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so I have to pay him off first.
              My vet is monitoring his heart with ultrasounds right now

              Thanks for your response


              From: Westgold <westgold@...>
              To: joanne marbut <jomarbut@...>; feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:48 PM
              Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?



              When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

              take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
              ----- Original Message -----
              From: joanne marbut
              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
              Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

              We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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