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RE: [FH] New here, just home from hospital

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  • Mike & Linda Irrgang
    could also be the enalapril or diltiazem.... ... From: tln1882007 [mailto:elanonuevo@aol.com] Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 11:46 AM To:
    Message 1 of 19 , Apr 4, 2002
      could also be the enalapril or diltiazem....

      -----Original Message-----
      From: tln1882007 [mailto:elanonuevo@...]
      Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 11:46 AM
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [FH] New here, just home from hospital


      Hello! My name is Tia and I would like to thank all of you. Because
      I found this group on Sunday night, and because of this group I then
      found IMOM, my kitty Ozzie is still with us today!

      Ozzie has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Before Sunday I'd never even
      heard of it. Now I'm learning more and more. Ozzie collapsed on
      Sunday. He had severe pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure.

      We took him to emergency care, but they were only giving him lasix
      and oxygen to keep him alive. That wasn't fixing the problem.

      Thanks to IMOM, Ozzie was able to have an echocardiogram so that the
      doctors could see what they were dealing with and what drugs he would
      need. Ozzie came home last night, and he is on Diltiazem 3x a day,
      Enalapril once a day, Lasix 2x a day, 1/2 baby aspirin twice a week,
      and LRS (fluid) through an IV once a day so that he keeps hydrated.

      Now that I have more time, I want to learn as much as possible about
      cardiomyopathy. The local vets here didn't seem to know to give
      this "cocktail" of drugs. As fast as I saw Ozzie go downhill this
      weekend, I don't want to take the chance of not being as educated as
      I can be.

      Now to my concern: Ozzie still had increased kidney values, I'm
      guessing due to the lasix? I did share the name of the new drug
      (sprironolactone) that you spoke of on here, but the vet didn't seem
      too taken with it. Instead she cut back (?) on the amount of lasix.

      Can anyone share any experience with the high kidney values? Is the
      test that checks kidneys called the renal panel? How often did you
      test once you knew that you were dealing with high values?

      THANKS a ton for any help/experience that anyone can share.

      Tia



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