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cat cardiologist??

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♥Chlo- e♥

Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 6:27am PST 
My vet has recommended that Chloe get an echocardiogram. We knew she had a heart murmur but this past visit she detected an arrythimia. Has anyone had this done? Any tips? And if so, what were the results? Thanks for any input you may have......

Chloe R.I.P.- my sweet- baby

Miss Amerikitty
Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 7:20am PST 
First of all let me say you have the best kitty name evah. wink I had this procedure done and it really was a snap. My mommy was worried, but my specialist had no problems from me. Mommy always said I was a good girl.

My results were positive for both problems, but they were not life threatening to me. I also had high blood pressure, but meds took care of that and made the other problems less risky. At the stage they found all of this, I had been on thryroid meds for five plus years and taking sub-q fluids once a week for early stage renal failure. Mommy found the renal problem really, really early and I never got much worse over the years.

It does cost some money to get the tests, but mommy always said she could earn more money but never get another me. From your post, it sounds like you are more worried about the outcome than costs. But please don't stress out too much over the tests. Stress can make them read a little worse than they really are, but a good vet specialist will take that into account. If your results turn out poorly, there are meds you can take and other treatments available. Try not to worry until you find out if it's bad or just mild. Easier said than done, but it may not be bad at all and just something that needs to be monitored and taken into consideration if you ever need surgery or medication for something else.

Good luck and please keep us updated,

♥Chlo- e♥

Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 8:03am PST 
Well, Chloe has an appt. tomorrow for an echocardiogram, an EKG and a blood pressure check. Keep us in your prayers, PLEASE, and we will keep you posted!!

Chloe and Mommyhug

Chloe R.I.P.- my sweet- baby

Miss Amerikitty
Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 8:15am PST 
I wonder if Chloe will let the vet take her blood pressure on her foot? I refused, so they had to shave a little spot at the base of my tail and put the cuff there. shh I had to have it taken regularly at first to make sure the meds were the right dose and our internal vet said her tech was able to take my BP all by herself. Mommy didn't understand until the lady explained that in all her years as a vet tech, it had taken two people to do a BP test on a cat. She said I sat still and just let them cuff my tail without any "ta do" at all. I got really special treats when I got home, so it was a trick I remembered. MOL

Glad we were able to tell you it's not that bad. You will end up having some shaved places and that's the most embarrassing part.
red face Just try to be good and your mommy might give you special treats too.

Purrs, Chloe


Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 10:33am PST 
I'll be purring for a good outcome. The EKG is a very quick procedure (10 min. max). They put some clamps on your skin and hook you to a machine. The echo you'll need to lay on your side and you will get shaved over the area of your heart. This procedure can last as little as 15 minutes to up to 1/2 hour. You'll need to lie still and usually 2 people are holding you while the cardiologist examines your heart. It's not painful and 99.9% of animals need no sedation for this procedure. The blood pressure is typically done with one of the feet (you'll get a little shave spot on the underside of your foot (wrist area) and get checked. This is a relatively short procedure as long as you sit still. If your pressure is found easily, it can be done in less than 5 minutes. AS Chloe said, some kitties need to have the pressure checked under the tail base, so your shaved area may be there. (I've always found the foot to be an easier location for testing cats' BP, but some find the tail easier-Hunter's mom).
Your blood pressure should be the first test performed, otherwise it will continue to rise the longer you are art the vet's office.

Hazel Lucy &- Purrsville- Cats

tiny gumdrop
Purred: Mon Aug 27, '07 12:42pm PST 
Hi Chloe,
Good luck tomorrow. You have been added to the List on page 1 of the
Catsters in Need of Serious Purring thread and also posted at the end. We're purring for you!
Hazel Lucy