Atenolol + Theophylline
- Hi cat lovers, My adorable sweetheart etc etc 12 years old angora was diagnosed HCM this week, after echo cardio exam, and the vet recommended atenolol for the treatment. He was already taking theophylline due to a respiratory collapse in the beginning of the month (that's how we decided to investigate his condition further). Does any of you has a similar experience and, if so, how is your cat responding to treatment? Thanks, meow
I`m sorry to hear of your angora. It's good he was picked up quickly and
is now being treated. The atenolol is the first drug given to my cats with
mild/moderate HCM too. It helps the heart work more efficiently and lowers
Theophylline I have only heard of in tea and for asthma. So no real idea
there. It's similar to caffiene in some ways, I can't have either as am
sensitive to them. Is he taking it in tablets or inhaled?
He might need something to prevent blood clots. Aspirin and clopidogrel are
both to prevent clots forming, I`d ask the cardiologist if this is a
concern. Some of us here use Nattokinase (without vitamin K) to dissolve small
clots. Most of my HCM cats are on clopidogrel (plavix)
You should measure his heart rate when he is sleeping, but not dreaming.
Measure for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 to get the rate per minute.. 15 to
25 is normal. Over 30 is caution and over 40 an emergency. Get used to
what is normal then you can see changes which indicate fluid in the lungs and
heart failure. If the breathing changes, call the vet immediately. Changes
are double breaths (breathes in twice) hard breaths and wheezing. Were
his kidney results normal?
I would recommend CoQ at 30mg. Mine take it, but once started you cant stop
it . Its from the health shop and has helped mine.
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