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Re: [FH] The Effect of Hydration Status on the Echocardiographic Measurements of Normal Cats

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  • MAUREEN FOGG
    Right.  My cardiologist said that lasix, which can dehyrdrate - can mask or change the measurements of the cats heart. Maureen
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 2, 2012
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      Right.  My cardiologist said that lasix, which can dehyrdrate - can mask or
      change the measurements of
      the cats heart.
      Maureen




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      From: Cheryl <nadasphynx@...>
      To: "feline-HCM@yahoogroups.com" <feline-HCM@yahoogroups.com>;
      feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, February 2, 2012 8:07:54 AM
      Subject: [FH] The Effect of Hydration Status on the Echocardiographic
      Measurements of Normal Cats

       
      Here is some very interesting info that may shed some light On issues with
      Echos. Cheryl


      > http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1939-1676.2007.tb03057.x/abstract

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    • Westgold
      Hi -- this is very interesting. It would make sense that all our muscles and organs plump up a little when we re well-hydrated, and shrink a little when we re
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 2, 2012
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        Hi -- this is very interesting. It would make sense that all our muscles and organs plump up a little when we're well-hydrated, and shrink a little when we're dehydrated (for whatever reason). Since the echo measurements they take are in mms, maybe hydration levels do play a big part. I know that when they test for kidney problems, hydration plays a huge part. I once had a cat tested in serious renal failure, and then they put her on fluids overnight, and in the morning they retested, and she was 100% fine. Let me ask Mother Stephania about this. I was unsuccessful in getting her to join our list, but i'm sure she will know about this.

        take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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        From: MAUREEN FOGG
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 9:56 AM
        Subject: Re: [FH] The Effect of Hydration Status on the Echocardiographic Measurements of Normal Cats



        Right. My cardiologist said that lasix, which can dehyrdrate - can mask or
        change the measurements of
        the cats heart.
        Maureen



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      • joanne marbut
        Let s be cautious when discussing this article. We shouldn t assume or let new people assume that the vet could be wrong in making a diagnosis due to changes
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 2, 2012
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          Let's be cautious when discussing this article. We shouldn't assume or let new people assume that the vet could be wrong in making a diagnosis due to changes in fluid levels in a cat and that the vet could be wrong in a HCM diagnosis and a cat may not need care. To complete a diagnosis, a CBC/chem panel, echo, and xrays are needed to understand the full picture of health. An enlarged heart will show up on the xray and echo. Fluid buildup that isn't normal will show. Fluid in the lungs that shouldn't be there will show in the xray.  No vet should make a diagnosis based on one thing. And a good vet will move cautiously through a treatment plan based on the current findings and will have the patient rechecked shortly after to see how things are progressing.

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