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Newbie: Living with congestive heart failure HMC : Please help

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  • weechk
    Hello everyone, I am a newbie and wondered if anyone that has been through a situation similar to my beautiful ragdoll, Levi. Levi is 2 1/2 years old and the
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 25, 2013
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      Hello everyone, I am a newbie and wondered if anyone that has been through a situation similar to my beautiful ragdoll, Levi.



      Levi is 2 1/2 years old and the joy of my life. I don't have children so you could say he is my forever baby :) This last week has been the worst of my life.



      On Monday I took him to the vet for weight loss and breathing heavy. To cut a long story short a pleural effusion was identified and enlarged heart. 80% of the fluid was removed and on Wednesday I took him to see a specialist for echocardiography, doppler echocardiography and ECG. The diagnosis was congestive heart failure secondary to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The findings show severe underlying heart disease.



      He has been on medication for 5 days. This is Frusemide (10mg), benazepril (2.5 mg), aspirin 1/2 75mg every three day and clopidogrel 1/4 75mg.



      He seems to be doing well. Eating lots (more than he ever has), grooming, sleeping in the bed with us - he even had a little play earlier. However I am a nervous wreck, worrying about his breathing constantly. His breathing is between 32 - 36 per minute over the last 5 days. Is it normal for his breathing to continue to be laboured or should the meds be doing more? He is due back to the vet on wednesday for a check up and specialist in 3 weeks.



      How have you coped in this situation?
    • Maggie Wilson
      I m relatively new (April) at this as well and just wanted you to know that I know the hell of watching respirations, the fears. My cat Miles also respirates
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 25, 2013
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        I'm relatively new (April) at this as well and just wanted you to know that I know the hell of watching respirations, the fears. My cat Miles also respirates when dehydrated so I'm in complete insanity.
        I just wanted you to know I'm out there w/ you, as well as this board and I'm sending you a big hug. I also do not have children and my Miles has been w/ me since a kitten- 17 yrs. We have unspoken language- a bond I've never known with an animal.

        There are many here w/ much more experience and gracious w/ their time in the same club. I wish we could all be physically together b/c I sure could use a few hugs myself.

        Levi has a wonderful advocate and mother just by being here to learn.


        Brenda

        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "weechk" <weechk@...> wrote:
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        > Hello everyone, I am a newbie and wondered if anyone that has been through a situation similar to my beautiful ragdoll, Levi.
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        > Levi is 2 1/2 years old and the joy of my life. I don't have children so you could say he is my forever baby :) This last week has been the worst of my life.
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        > On Monday I took him to the vet for weight loss and breathing heavy. To cut a long story short a pleural effusion was identified and enlarged heart. 80% of the fluid was removed and on Wednesday I took him to see a specialist for echocardiography, doppler echocardiography and ECG. The diagnosis was congestive heart failure secondary to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The findings show severe underlying heart disease.
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        > He has been on medication for 5 days. This is Frusemide (10mg), benazepril (2.5 mg), aspirin 1/2 75mg every three day and clopidogrel 1/4 75mg.
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        > He seems to be doing well. Eating lots (more than he ever has), grooming, sleeping in the bed with us - he even had a little play earlier. However I am a nervous wreck, worrying about his breathing constantly. His breathing is between 32 - 36 per minute over the last 5 days. Is it normal for his breathing to continue to be laboured or should the meds be doing more? He is due back to the vet on wednesday for a check up and specialist in 3 weeks.
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        > How have you coped in this situation?
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      • elfinmyst
        Hi I`m sorry to hear of Levi. Cats are often diagnosed in heart failure, they are so good at hiding disease. At age 2 it is rare to get HCM, my kitten was
        Message 3 of 3 , Aug 25, 2013
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          Hi

          I`m sorry to hear of Levi. Cats are often diagnosed in heart failure, they
          are so good at hiding disease. At age 2 it is rare to get HCM, my kitten
          was diagnosed at 3 months and was given 2 months to live. And she is now 7
          years old! Levi won't hear the prognosis, he wants to be a kitten and play
          and have fun, so enjoy him. He will be worried if you show stress and now he
          is diagnosed, there is a lot can be done to help.


          Benazepril is used to help slow heart disease and help the heart pump more
          easily.Frusemide is a diuretic to take fluid off his lungs. Aspirin and
          clopidogrel are both to prevent clots forming.

          You need to measure his heart rate whislt sleeping, but not dreaming.
          Measure for 10 seconds and multiply by 6. Around 15 to 25 is normal. Over 30
          is caution and over 40 an emergency. Get used to what is normal then you can
          quickly see changes in breathing which indicate fluid in the lungs. If her
          breathing changes, call the vet immediately. Changes are double breaths
          (intaking twice) hard breaths and wheezing for example. If breathing at rest
          is over 30, I wouldn't wait until Wednesday and ask about putting up the
          frusemide. Were his kidney results normal? If so, they can put the frusimide
          up until he is out of heart failure. They can also add atenolol or vetmedin
          as drugs if needed.

          I would recommend CoQ at 30mg. Mine take it, but once started you cant stop
          it quickly. Its from the health shop and has helped a lot with mine. Are
          you in the UK too? Your drug names seem same as mine:)


          Lyn


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