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Post  Laura_D on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:27 pm

So what I thought was going to be a quick in & out re check at the vet today turned into my cat having hypertrophic cardio myopathy. This is a case of severe heart disease which does not have a very good prognosis. I recently found out she had hyperthyroidism which I could deal with. 2 pills a day & a quick blood test every few months to make sure her dosage is at the right level & she'd live a normal life. Today the vet said her labored breathing worried him so he took xrays. Her lungs are filled with fluid so she is struggling to breathe. He wasnt even able to see her heart on the xray because the fluid in the xray was blocking it. Now I have to bring her to a specialist for more testing where they will actually be able to see the damage done to the heart. And of course all I can do is keep googling HCM & nothing I read about it is good.Most people dont find out about it until their cats go into heart failure & drop dead out of nowhere so I guess Im kind of lucky the doctor caught it. I just hope we caught in time to make her comfortable for the remaining time she has. I feel so bad for her this totally sucks!
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Post  niickjay on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:29 pm

Laura_D wrote:So what I thought was going to be a quick in & out re check at the vet today turned into my cat having hypertrophic cardio myopathy. This is a case of severe heart disease which does not have a very good prognosis. I recently found out she had hyperthyroidism which I could deal with. 2 pills a day & a quick blood test every few months to make sure her dosage is at the right level & she'd live a normal life. Today the vet said her labored breathing worried him so he took xrays. Her lungs are filled with fluid so she is struggling to breathe. He wasnt even able to see her heart on the xray because the fluid in the xray was blocking it. Now I have to bring her to a specialist for more testing where they will actually be able to see the damage done to the heart. And of course all I can do is keep googling HCM & nothing I read about it is good.Most people dont find out about it until their cats go into heart failure & drop dead out of nowhere so I guess Im kind of lucky the doctor caught it. I just hope we caught in time to make her comfortable for the remaining time she has. I feel so bad for her this totally sucks!

sucks. how old is she?
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Post  Laura_D on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:32 pm

She's 13 which isnt that old for a cat but the vet said age has nothing to do with it. More than likely the heart problem was caused by the hyperthyroidism. It's crazy because she's always been so healthy up until the last few months.
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Post  Stainless on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:41 pm

wow I am so sorry =(

That's how my tabbycat Axle died like 12 years ago. I took him in and it was exactly what you said. What they had to try to do was basically drill a hole in his lung to try to drain it out. I had no idea how bad it was because they made it sound like it was a simple procedure or whatever. They called me like 45 mins later and told me. I won't ever forget that day. It was 17 days after my brother died.
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Post  Laura_D on Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:52 pm

Stainless wrote:wow I am so sorry =(

That's how my tabbycat Axle died like 12 years ago. I took him in and it was exactly what you said. What they had to try to do was basically drill a hole in his lung to try to drain it out. I had no idea how bad it was because they made it sound like it was a simple procedure or whatever. They called me like 45 mins later and told me. I won't ever forget that day. It was 17 days after my brother died.

Holy crap!!!! They didnt tell me theyd have to do anything like that. I keep staring at her now waiting for something to happen. I know how i am & Im going to totally obsess over this cat until I make myself sick. I'm sorry about your brother & your kitty. that must have been tough.
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Post  niickjay on Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:29 am

it sounds to me both the vet and yourself are doing everything you can.
good luck, i'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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