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  • Debbie Graham
    I know my Chief is only 1 and had a heart murmur of 4/6 grade, that was in Feburary, we went back in June to have another ultrasound done and his murmur was
    Message 1 of 39 , Aug 1 8:19 PM
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      I know my Chief is only 1 and had a heart murmur of 4/6 grade, that was in Feburary, we went back in June to have another ultrasound done and his murmur was gone and his heart improved. The specialist said he will never have a healed heart it will never be normal like it should but we can try and get it as close as we can. He doesn't go back until Dec. for another ultrasound, but I take him to our vet for checkup on his heart rate and blood pressure. Skippy my 17 year old cat had a murmur off and on but nothing life threatening, he died from kidney disease too.
      Debbie
      peggy baldwin wrote:
      --- joanna_e_boone <joanna_e_boone@...> wrote:
      > 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?

      There are different grades of heart murmers I have 3
      cats with heart murmers now and they are doing very
      well on meds.My Angel Fred lived until 17 years old
      with a heart murmer and he died of kidney failure.In
      some cases heart murmers can improve.
      Peggy
      >
      >


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    • elfinmyst@aol.com
      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
      Message 39 of 39 , Feb 26, 2012
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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
        heart disease.

        Lyn

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