Re: [FH] New to group
- --- Debbie Graham <debgram_2000@...> wrote:
> 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.
It is sad I think kidney disease takes are cats more
than any other disease.
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Health - Feel better, live better
- 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
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]