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Re: [FH] Re: Lumi's Episode

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  • Laurie Stead
    What was the diagnosis from the ultrasound? Did a cardiologist review it?  Laurie ... From: Lisa Subject: [FH] Re: Lumi s Episode To:
    Message 1 of 8 , Jan 17, 2013
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      What was the diagnosis from the ultrasound? Did a cardiologist review it? 

      Laurie


      --- On Thu, 1/17/13, Lisa <liesca@...> wrote:

      From: Lisa <liesca@...>
      Subject: [FH] Re: Lumi's Episode
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:40 PM
















       









      Carol, I'm curious about Misty's episodes when she'd fall over and breath through her mouth. Did you rush to ER every time? Or did you learn it was something that would pass? Even after the worst of Lumi's incident was over, he still had labored breathing -- which was why I decided to take him back to the hospital. But, nearly $2K later, I wonder what to do if it happens again.



      In retrospect, I think Lumi had fluid in his lungs for awhile but we didn't realize it. I didn't start monitoring his breathing right away because I thought it was a long-term thing... and he'd had two vet appointments where they'd monitored his breaths with no concerns. Yesterday, after coming home from the hospital, I counted 27/minute.



      Yes, Laurie, we've had an ultrasound, ECG, blood panel, urinalysis + culture, and x-rays with a specialist. (Am I forgetting anything? LOL.) The doctor predicted Lumi would have one year of "quality life" ahead of him but, thanks to this group, I know better than to believe them. We're going to beat that! Lumi is strong!








































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    • Lisa
      Hi Laurie, I have quite a few notes from the cardiologist about the condition of Lumi s heart. In November, after he threw a blood clot, he was said to have
      Message 2 of 8 , Jan 18, 2013
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        Hi Laurie,

        I have quite a few notes from the cardiologist about the condition of Lumi's heart.

        In November, after he threw a blood clot, he was said to have evidence of severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I'm not sure what the important points are from the ultrasound, but basically the left side of his heart is out of whack (severely enlarged atrium, ventricular chamber mildly enlarged, other stuff) but the right side is "unremarkable."

        I can type out all findings if you're interested.

        Lumi was said to be at risk for more clots and for congestive heart failure (fluid in the lungs). The fluid happened sooner than we anticipated.

        He's on Plavix (continuing) and Lasix (new). We'll add Benazepril in a week or so, after we're sure there are no effects from these two.

        We're still playing with the method of giving medications. He will eat them crushed in his food (the Plavix is a compounded treat to mask bitterness) -- but I'm leaning towards gel caps because I don't want to create an eating disorder. He does sometimes sense there's something strange in his food.

        Wonder if we used a small amount of baby food or smellier stuff (like Fancy Feast) with his meds, first, and then switched to his usual canned... if that would be preferable?
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