RE: [FH] New to group
- I'm no expert on heart murmurs, but my understanding is that they can vary
from being "innocent" (& having no affect on longevity) to serious. In
addition, some murmurs go away as suddenly as they appear.
In any case, with appropriate treatment, most cats can live a long
productive life, even with a murmur.
If you have any uncertainty at all after you hear from your vet, I would
take the kitty to a vet cardiologist.
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> From: joanna_e_boone [mailto:joanna_e_boone@...]
> Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 15:59 PM
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> Subject: [FH] New to group
> I just took one of my kitties in for his regular annual exam, and the
> vet heard a new heart murmur. My baby Shadow is only 4 yrs old and I
> am very freaked out about it. The vet did an EKG and X-ray on the day
> he heard the new murmur, and we had an echocardiogram done yesterday
> that I am waiting to hear about. The EKG and X-ray didn't show any
> immediate issues, but still, my vet doesn't have the greatest bedside
> manner as I learn and now I don't know how terrified to be. How bad
> is a heart murmur?
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- Hi Cheryl
A heart murmur can mean many things. It can be entirely innocent and due to
a 'flappy valve' as it is in several of my cats who showed no HCM at all
on echo. Or it can mean HCM which is a very serious disease. A heart murmu
may also be due to stress at the vets like my Toby has and it was shown on
echo to be the amount of blood pushing the valve when he got stressed.
If hyperthyroid isnt under control, then it can cause secondary HCM. So it
is vital the thyroid levels are normal. The only way to tell if Cheshire
has heart disease is to have the echocardiogram. I would get it done as soon
as possible now she has her thyroid treated. You need to watch for her
breathing rate, anything over 30 a minute is a cause for alarm. Any changes to
her usual rate and type of breathing are as well. If she has heart disease
there are drugs she can take to help her.
I wouldn't have the teeth done until after the ultrasound unless it is
absolutely vital. She may need special care with an anaesthetic if she has
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