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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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  • Mandy
    Sadly my lovely British shorthair Saphie was diagnosed with RCM today. I already have a cat with HCM, and lost a Siamese to RCM 4 years ago. I noticed Saphie
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 25, 2013
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      Sadly my lovely British shorthair Saphie was diagnosed with RCM today. I already have a cat with HCM, and lost a Siamese to RCM 4 years ago. I noticed Saphie had an increased breathing rate last weekend, not major, but more than normal, did think maybe it was the heat. She was taken to my local vets and from there we was referred to our heart specialist.
      She's been prescribed 2.5mg Fortekor daily and 5mg Furosemide . I know the outcome for RCM is not good, my Siamese lasted 2 months after diagnosis , back then it was all new to me and did not know this group existed , so any help or advice anybody could give me I would really appreciate it, for the love of Saphie I really want and need to keep her going as long as possible.
    • tafoster4000
      My Moe, 16yr old cornish rex, was diagnosed with severe RCM a year ago Feb. He was in congestive heart failure at the time. Prognosis was poor, given a few
      Message 2 of 7 , Jul 26, 2013
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        My Moe, 16yr old cornish rex, was diagnosed with severe RCM a year ago Feb. He was in congestive heart failure at the time. Prognosis was poor, given a few months. But here he is almost 1 1/2yrs later, doing OK but now battling CRF along with his RCM. Having to balance his lasix dose with getting him to drink more later (very soupy canned food, can't be given subq's).

        He is on lasix, pimobenden, plavix, enalapril, and potassium for his heart. Also takes felimazole for hyperT and azodyl, AlOH for his kidneys. You might ask your vet about pimobendan, it is recommended for RCM cats. I think it made a huge difference for Moe.

        So one can't predict how long your Saphie will be here, I think alot depends on how your cat responds to the medication and Moe had a good response.

        Taca

        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Mandy" <missmeow63@...> wrote:
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        > Sadly my lovely British shorthair Saphie was diagnosed with RCM today. I already have a cat with HCM, and lost a Siamese to RCM 4 years ago. I noticed Saphie had an increased breathing rate last weekend, not major, but more than normal, did think maybe it was the heat. She was taken to my local vets and from there we was referred to our heart specialist.
        > She's been prescribed 2.5mg Fortekor daily and 5mg Furosemide . I know the outcome for RCM is not good, my Siamese lasted 2 months after diagnosis , back then it was all new to me and did not know this group existed , so any help or advice anybody could give me I would really appreciate it, for the love of Saphie I really want and need to keep her going as long as possible.
        >
      • Mary Sue Rubin
        I agree with Taca that it is a good idea to ask the vet about pimobendan (Vetmedin). My Esther, now 18 ╜, was diagnosed in early February with
        Message 3 of 7 , Jul 26, 2013
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          I agree with Taca that it is a good idea to ask the vet about pimobendan
          (Vetmedin). My Esther, now 18 ½, was diagnosed in early February with
          restrictive-like cardiomyopathy and CHF. Her CM has some non-restrictive
          like qualities to it, but otherwise is much like RCM. She is on Vetmedin,
          benazepril, Lasix, aspirin, and extra taurine in her food. She is doing
          great now. She is active, eats well, even plays sometimes. People don’t
          believe her age. The vets gave her 6 months to live. Six months will be up
          next week and I don’t think she is about to die, though I realize it could
          happen at any time due to sudden heart failure or a blood clot. Given that
          possibility, I treasure every moment she is here. Her last echo showed
          slight improvement in heart size and leaking valves. Her blood pressure
          remains good, her breaths per minute have remained under 20, her heart rate
          is normal, and her blood work is fine.



          Mary Sue



          From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
          Behalf Of tafoster4000
          Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:17 PM
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [FH] Re: Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

          You might ask your vet about pimobendan, it is recommended for RCM cats. I
          think it made a huge difference for Moe.

          So one can't predict how long your Saphie will be here, I think alot depends
          on how your cat responds to the medication and Moe had a good response.

          Taca

          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>
          , "Mandy" <missmeow63@...> wrote:
          >
          > Sadly my lovely British shorthair Saphie was diagnosed with RCM today.
          any help or advice anybody could give me I would really appreciate it, for
          the love of Saphie I really want and need to keep her going as long as
          possible.







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        • Mandy
          Thank you so much for your help Mary Sue and Taca, we are only on day 2 of the medication and Saphie s breathing is almost back to normal, she s only 6 so feel
          Message 4 of 7 , Jul 26, 2013
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            Thank you so much for your help Mary Sue and Taca, we are only on day 2 of the medication and Saphie's breathing is almost back to normal, she's only 6 so feel she is being robbed of her life at the moment , so any advice is most welcome. We will be back at vets the end of the week for bloods so will ask about the Pimobendan . Can they take CoQ 10?

            Mandy

            --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Mary Sue Rubin" <msrubin@...> wrote:
            >
            > I agree with Taca that it is a good idea to ask the vet about pimobendan
            > (Vetmedin). My Esther, now 18 ½, was diagnosed in early February with
            > restrictive-like cardiomyopathy and CHF. Her CM has some non-restrictive
            > like qualities to it, but otherwise is much like RCM. She is on Vetmedin,
            > benazepril, Lasix, aspirin, and extra taurine in her food. She is doing
            > great now. She is active, eats well, even plays sometimes. People don't
            > believe her age. The vets gave her 6 months to live. Six months will be up
            > next week and I don't think she is about to die, though I realize it could
            > happen at any time due to sudden heart failure or a blood clot. Given that
            > possibility, I treasure every moment she is here. Her last echo showed
            > slight improvement in heart size and leaking valves. Her blood pressure
            > remains good, her breaths per minute have remained under 20, her heart rate
            > is normal, and her blood work is fine.
            >
            >
            >
            > Mary Sue
            >
            >
            >
            > From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
            > Behalf Of tafoster4000
            > Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:17 PM
            > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
            > Subject: [FH] Re: Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
            >
            > You might ask your vet about pimobendan, it is recommended for RCM cats. I
            > think it made a huge difference for Moe.
            >
            > So one can't predict how long your Saphie will be here, I think alot depends
            > on how your cat responds to the medication and Moe had a good response.
            >
            > Taca
            >
            > --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart%40yahoogroups.com>
            > , "Mandy" <missmeow63@> wrote:
            > >
            > > Sadly my lovely British shorthair Saphie was diagnosed with RCM today.
            > any help or advice anybody could give me I would really appreciate it, for
            > the love of Saphie I really want and need to keep her going as long as
            > possible.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
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            >
          • Mary Sue Rubin
            Mandy, I m glad to hear that Saphie s breathing is returning to normal. I don t use CqQ10. Others on this list do for some heart conditions, with good results.
            Message 5 of 7 , Jul 27, 2013
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              Mandy,



              I'm glad to hear that Saphie's breathing is returning to normal. I don't use
              CqQ10. Others on this list do for some heart conditions, with good results.
              My cardiologist said it couldn't hurt, but he doesn't automatically
              recommend it. He just cautioned that it is extremely light sensitive and
              must be handled accordingly.



              Mary Sue





              From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
              Behalf Of Mandy
              Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:51 AM
              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [FH] Re: Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

              Thank you so much for your help Mary Sue and Taca, we are only on day 2 of
              the medication and Saphie's breathing is almost back to normal, she's only 6
              so feel she is being robbed of her life at the moment , so any advice is
              most welcome. We will be back at vets the end of the week for bloods so will
              ask about the Pimobendan . Can they take CoQ 10?

              Mandy




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            • r schu
              Taca, Sounds like moe is doing well.  from my research when May got on her heart drugs was that enalapril was not good for the kidneys, for some reason I
              Message 6 of 7 , Jul 28, 2013
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                Taca,

                Sounds like moe is doing well.  from my research when May got on her heart drugs was that enalapril was not good for the kidneys, for some reason I forget, but that benazapril, another ace inhibitor used with lasix was not processed via the kidneys as much, so was better for kidney cats.  May was first prescribed enalapril but I asked to switch to benazapril and the cardiologist agreed fully.

                -Lee and May



                Re: Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
                Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:17 am (PDT) . Posted by:
                "tafoster4000" tafoster4000
                My Moe, 16yr old cornish rex, was diagnosed with severe RCM
                a year ago Feb. He was in congestive heart failure at the time.
                Prognosis was poor, given a few months. But here he is almost 1 1/2yrs
                later, doing OK but now battling CRF along with his RCM. Having to
                balance his lasix dose with getting him to drink more later (very soupy
                canned food, can't be given subq's).

                He is on lasix, pimobenden, plavix, enalapril, and potassium for his
                heart. Also takes felimazole for hyperT and azodyl, AlOH for his
                kidneys. You might ask your vet about pimobendan, it is recommended for
                RCM cats. I think it made a huge difference for Moe.

                So one can't predict how long your Saphie will be here, I think alot
                depends on how your cat responds to the medication and Moe had a good
                response.

                Taca

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