Re: [FH] New member, Sheena & kitty Grimm
- was that Dr Petrie you saw? He was the first cardiologist my Tigger saw --
he used to come up to Toronto a couple days a month to do echos. But now we
have our own cardiologist here. Ok, I don't know anything about hyperT, so
forget what I said about the atenolol. Maybe it's the racing heart from the
hyperT causing the fainting, and not the HCM. This is why you need a really
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sheena" <sheenabizarre@...>
To: "Westgold" <westgold@...>
Cc: "feline-heart" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: [FH] New member, Sheena & kitty Grimm
> I only have these words, which came from my vet. The cardiologist was a
> visiting cardiologist to his office, so I left Grimm there with him &
> picked him up later. He was originally booked at a cardiologists office,
> but my vet wanted Grimm to be seen sooner. What I wrote there was exactly
> what my vet told me. HyperT cats often have racing hearts, as far as I
> know. I will try to get the fainting on video, but it's so unexpected,
> happens quickly & then he's up again.
> - Sheena & Grimm
> On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM, Westgold <westgold@...> wrote:
>> welcome to the group nobody wants to join -- we will do everything we can
>> to help you. Most of the kitties here are on atenolol, and it takes a
>> days to really start to work. But if he's fainting I wonder if atenolol
>> the right med for him? If the blood isn't pumping properly, I don't
>> you'd want to slow down the heart. What did the cardiologist say
>> specifically? You need to get a video of one or more of his fainting
>> episodes to show the cardiologist asap. Maybe someone else here has a
>> kitty with hyperT who can advise you more ---
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> *From:* sheena <sheenabizarre@...>
>> *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:15 PM
>> *Subject:* [FH] New member, Sheena & kitty Grimm
>> Hi all,
>> This will be the 4th Yahoo Group I've joined when dealing with cat health
>> issues & they've always worked well for me, so I hope someone here can
>> make sense out of what's happening with my beautiful grey guy now...
>> Grimm (16 years old & have had him since kittenhood) was recently
>> diagnosed as Hyperthyroid. I'm already in that group. 2 weeks ago Grimm
>> also started "fainting." Legs give up, down he goes, and remains
>> throughout. He has even fallen off of the sofa. It's quite distressing to
>> watch. My vet took his blood pressure & it was normal, which worried him,
>> because he usually sees BP of a hyperthyroid cat as registering higher...
>> He heard a murmur & also heard an arrhythmia and booked a visit with the
>> cardiologist for an echogram.
>> Vet reported that the heart walls showed thickening, which is sometimes a
>> result of being Hyperthyroid, but also showed a narrow heart valve. The
>> said that the blood wasn't pumping well enough for his body & causing the
>> fainting episodes. He was prescribed 1/4 pill daily of 25mg "Atenolol."
>> Grimm also takes Methimazole for the hyper-t. Grimm got his second dose
>> Atenolol today... Still fainting...
>> Here's the thing... He's "fainting" a few times daily. It's incredibly
>> distressing. I don't even know what kind of questions to be asking my
>> I don't know how often a cat can have these episodes. I don't know how &
>> when this medication kicks in and what to watch for...
>> I need some advice here. I've known cats all my life, but this is a first
>> & anything you can help with, or advise would be a good place to start.
>> Grimm is on a diet of Merrick & Weluva wet.
>> Thanks so much,
>> Sheena & Grimm in NYC
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