Re: Interesting article re heart meds
- I had read elsewhere that heart meds may not have any benefits for
cats (or dogs) that have not shown any symptoms of heart disease
(i.e., those who are in the early stages of heart disease). This
would make sense with regard to ACE inhibitors since their primary
benefit is treating the symptoms of heart disease, not the actual
--- In feline-heart@y..., "Sandler, Zellene E."
> I'm curious what you all think of this article.blockers and
> Toward the end of this article, the author states that beta
> calcium channel blockers have not been shown to stop severe HCMfrom getting
> worse. (So why are we giving them?) This is kind of depressing butI'm not
> sure what kind of studies havemeds are
> actually been done with cats. I'm also not sure if most of these
> used routinely though not actually approved for vet use in cats.This does
> happen a lot, where human drugs are used for animals because theyseem to
> help, though they haven't been really tested for non-humans!
- -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandler, Zellene E.Thanks for posting this. I finally got around to reading it &
> Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 10:10 AM
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> Subject: [FH] Interesting article re heart meds
> I'm curious what you all think of this article.
while there was a fair amount that I couldn't understand, it was
still quite helpful.
> Toward the end of this article, the author states thatI can think of 2 reasons for their use (yes, I'm guessing):
> beta blockers and
> calcium channel blockers have not been shown to stop
> severe HCM from getting
> worse. (So why are we giving them?)
1) While these drugs have not been shown to ftop HCM from
worsening, vets believe that they do help.
2) They improve the quality of life (i.e., the cats feel better).
Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Jet