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Ethan's Efforts

Results Of My Heart Tests

May 10th 2011 9:36 am
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I really like the cardiologist. She's so nice & VERY intelligent. She could hear my heart murmur but not the galloping that my regular vet heard on my last visit to him. She said the galloping can sometimes be transient.

The results were that I have a normal BP of 140. The echo showed I also have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. (Which is a thickening of the heart walls.) My left ventricle is the most thickened. It has an extra bulge between the front & back muscles. That's why it is more thickened there. It could have been there since birth. My heart murmur is a Grade 3 just as my vet had said.

Dr. H (cardiologist) talked to my pawrents for quite awhile & so while this all sounds bad, I should do well with my new heart medication (Atenolol). Dr H decreased the baby aspirin to 1/4 of an 81mg tablet every 3 days. Then I have to go back in 4-6 months for re-evaluation. She said when I starts fluids on down the road (for the renal failure) that we will have a balancing act to give those plus watch to not overload my heart. She didn't think I would ever have sudden death from this (a concern of my mom's). So that was good news.

As for the throwing up (only occasional these days) she does feel I has a mild form of a digestive disease like IBD or something. We aren't going to check too much into that since I am doing so well now.

My mom asked her how I behaved for my tests & she said I was so wonderful! She said I was so easy to work with and a great cat. :) No wonder I like Dr H.


From my mom-
So now we know exactly what we are dealing with. I am glad that Ethan didn't have worse results for sure. By that I mean worse degrees of everything. I hope he can live a long time with closely watching his heart & kidneys.

Purred by: Hilda (Catster Member)

May 10th 2011 at 11:45 am

Purring for you to continue to do well on your current regimen!
Purred by: Tigger/ IN LOVING MEMORY (Catster Member)

May 10th 2011 at 1:07 pm

Purrs for ya, buddy!!
Purred by: Laura W

May 10th 2011 at 1:14 pm

dood...we hope ya live a bazillion YEARS !!!! make sure ya due like yur mom tells ya sew yur kidnee & yur heart stay healthy; haza bowel oh cheerios N sum trout and headbonks ....ouch...N high paws two ewe for bein such a good kitteh :) peace out an rock on with love frum de land oh trout !
Purred by: Laura W

May 10th 2011 at 1:19 pm

pee ess...we trooly due noe how ta spell, we just dont noe math..... N we meaned ta say BOWL oh cheerios...not like bowel...that wood be just nutz.....
Purred by: KIBBLES (Catster Member)

May 10th 2011 at 2:44 pm

Sending purrs to you and your family Ethan!
Hope you feel betters soon.
Have a great day!
Purred by: Jeanette C

May 18th 2011 at 6:53 am

Concats on being a DDP today Ethan!

We know you are going to get the best care pawssible and we're purring for your treatments to keep you well!

Little Bit & the SF Gals


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