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  • thesinomen
    Thanks so much for the info. Sidney was diagnosed with HCM 5/11. He has his first cardiologist appointment Monday. He is going with me tomorrow to vet
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 7, 2002
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      Thanks so much for the info. Sidney was diagnosed with HCM 5/11. He
      has his first cardiologist appointment Monday. He is going with me
      tomorrow to vet office to pick up x-rays, charts, etc. I felt that
      he should get a quick checkup before his visit Monday. My greatest
      concern right now is with his appetite. We started syringe feeding
      earlier this week. The cyprohepdamine (sp) doesn't seem to be doing
      a darn bit of good. Going from scolding him over a month ago for
      mooching and jumping on the counter and eating off our dishes to
      begging him to take a bite is too much for me.....


      Donna & Sidney

      --- In feline-heart@y..., "pussiqatt" <pussicat@b...> wrote:
      > Hi Group!
      >
      > It was suggested to me that I post my list of questions I've been
      > compiling since Boris' first visit. Perhaps we could all add to
      the
      > list for future newbies who don't know anything about this disease
      > and have no idea what to do. After my first vet visit all I could
      do
      > was panic, and I didn't get this list together until I read many of
      > your postings and did research on the internet for HCM, diltiazem,
      > and enalapril. Here's what I've come up with so far:
      >
      > 1) Medication Schedule - why did vet prescribe this number of
      doses,
      > this many times per day, and how will the cat be affected if you
      miss
      > the dose or are hours late in giving it?
      >
      > 2) Medication Type- what about compounded medicine such as
      chewable
      > flavored "treats", ear ointment (this is last resort I was told),
      > liquid form that's flavored
      >
      > 3) Heart Rate - what was it initially, and has it changed with
      this
      > medication (hopefully under 200 beats per minute)
      >
      > 4) What about high blood pressure, has vet looked in eyes for
      signs
      > of vessel damage, will vet check (systolic arterial) blood pressure
      > and how (don't want it above 100mmhg)
      >
      > 5) Blood clots - does vet recommend baby aspirin as preventative
      > measure (mine does, but no more than 2 @81mg per week because it
      > becomes toxic to cats- also not to give if cat dehydrated,
      vomiting,
      > or diarhea)
      >
      > 6) What about chronic/congestive heart failure- is my cat in heart
      > failure, how severe, or is cat considered asymptomatic?
      >
      > 7) Heart wall thickness - is it over 9mm? 18mm? What is level of
      > HCM, mild, moderate, severe?
      >
      > 8) Will vet increase dosage of meds as disease progresses, will
      vet
      > add more medications
      >
      > 9) Did vet check for renal failure, blood work to check kidney
      > values and urine specific gravity, and did vet check for thyroid
      > problems? Also, did vet do ultrasound, highly important for
      diagnoses
      >
      > 10) How often will vet check for kidney values and for liver
      > function, since medication can cause liver damage (reversable if
      stop
      > meds) and renal failure.
      >
      > 11) Discuss with vet the effects of tranquilizers and anesthesia,
      > can complicate condition and meds need to be adjusted if they
      become
      > necessary
      >
      > 12) What about a cardiologist (depends on how far the disease has
      > progressed and if there's a thyroid problem - condition can even be
      > reversed if related to thyroid). See what the vet says, also check
      > if there are any specialists in your area.
      >
      > 13) What are side effects of medications, what are normal
      reactions
      > not to worry about, what should dealt with immediately, what's
      > considered an emergency?
      >
      > 14) Anorexia and how to deal with it, vomiting - what's too much,
      > weight loss, etc. All need to be discussed with vet.
      >
      > I hope this helps and that others will add more useful questions to
      > the list.
    • Mike & Linda Irrgang
      just fyi on #10....the renal damage is not always reversible..it depends on the patient.....some are restored 100% and others not....this is a great list of
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 15, 2002
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        just fyi on #10....the renal damage is not always reversible..it depends on
        the patient.....some are restored 100% and others not....this is a great
        list of Qs....Thx for your hard work!

        linda

        -----Original Message-----
        From: pussiqatt [mailto:pussicat@...]
        Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 1:14 PM
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [FH] HCM questions to ask veterinarian


        Hi Group!

        It was suggested to me that I post my list of questions I've been
        compiling since Boris' first visit. Perhaps we could all add to the
        list for future newbies who don't know anything about this disease
        and have no idea what to do. After my first vet visit all I could do
        was panic, and I didn't get this list together until I read many of
        your postings and did research on the internet for HCM, diltiazem,
        and enalapril. Here's what I've come up with so far:

        1) Medication Schedule - why did vet prescribe this number of doses,
        this many times per day, and how will the cat be affected if you miss
        the dose or are hours late in giving it?

        2) Medication Type- what about compounded medicine such as chewable
        flavored "treats", ear ointment (this is last resort I was told),
        liquid form that's flavored

        3) Heart Rate - what was it initially, and has it changed with this
        medication (hopefully under 200 beats per minute)

        4) What about high blood pressure, has vet looked in eyes for signs
        of vessel damage, will vet check (systolic arterial) blood pressure
        and how (don't want it above 100mmhg)

        5) Blood clots - does vet recommend baby aspirin as preventative
        measure (mine does, but no more than 2 @81mg per week because it
        becomes toxic to cats- also not to give if cat dehydrated, vomiting,
        or diarhea)

        6) What about chronic/congestive heart failure- is my cat in heart
        failure, how severe, or is cat considered asymptomatic?

        7) Heart wall thickness - is it over 9mm? 18mm? What is level of
        HCM, mild, moderate, severe?

        8) Will vet increase dosage of meds as disease progresses, will vet
        add more medications

        9) Did vet check for renal failure, blood work to check kidney
        values and urine specific gravity, and did vet check for thyroid
        problems? Also, did vet do ultrasound, highly important for diagnoses

        10) How often will vet check for kidney values and for liver
        function, since medication can cause liver damage (reversable if stop
        meds) and renal failure.

        11) Discuss with vet the effects of tranquilizers and anesthesia,
        can complicate condition and meds need to be adjusted if they become
        necessary

        12) What about a cardiologist (depends on how far the disease has
        progressed and if there's a thyroid problem - condition can even be
        reversed if related to thyroid). See what the vet says, also check
        if there are any specialists in your area.

        13) What are side effects of medications, what are normal reactions
        not to worry about, what should dealt with immediately, what's
        considered an emergency?

        14) Anorexia and how to deal with it, vomiting - what's too much,
        weight loss, etc. All need to be discussed with vet.

        I hope this helps and that others will add more useful questions to
        the list.


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