I found out I have a heart murmur today

Treasure ThoresonTreasure Thoreson BrookingsMember Posts: 1
edited 1 October, 2007 in Cat Health
Mommy took me for my yearly checkup this morning and we got a not-so-fun surprise. Apparently I have a heart murmur. There is a specialist in another town that mommy is considering taking me to. Would this be worth it? Mommy and Daddy are very nervous and scared. Are there any other kitties that have gone through this?

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  • Carol CanodeCarol Canode ColumbusMember Posts: 3,178
    edited 29 September, 2007
    My last cat, little Buddy Lu, had a heart murmur. She lived to be 15 years old, and died from chronic renal failure. The only thing I would be concerned about is Yiska's oral health, since teeth cleanings means anesthesia, which can be tricky for cats with heart murmurs. You might want to look into a diet free of grains and starches. This would also help to prevent weight gain. Otherwise, I don't really think there is anything you can do to correct the murmur. I really don't think going to a specialist will be necessary.
  • Kim WashburnKim Washburn LouisvilleMember Posts: 1,057
    edited 29 September, 2007
    As long as your blood pressure isn\'t high, this should not be cause for panic; however, as has already been said, you must take extreme care if you ever go under. We are lucky to have a high risk dental vet in our area, but even so, I have not even had my teeth cleaned because of my weight. Mom and the vet say my teeth are ok, thank goodness. The only reason I think you may want to consider seeing the special vet for is your BP. Talk it over with your vet. At your age, I doubt you have high BP though. It is good there is a specialty vet near you. It\'s always nice to have one around just in case. Try not to worry too much at this point. A lot of kitties and humans have heart murmurs and have no problems at all. Purrs, Jack
  • Mia McGregorMia McGregor South FloridaMember Posts: 69
    edited 30 September, 2007
    I tend to disagree. A heart murmur can be benign but it could also mean something serious and until the veterinary Cardiologist checks you out, you won't know what kind you have. As the other kitties mentioned: It would also be good for them to check your blood pressure as elevated blood pressure can lead to kidney problems/failure in the long run. Sometimes they may need to give certain medications to control blood pressure and slow the progression of the renal/heart damage which could progress quickly if your blood pressure is high and uncontrolled. The other plus of going to the Cardiologist will allow you to determine if the murmur is due to a correctable (via surgery) problem. That visit would also help to establish a baseline on your cardiac status and progression of your condition could be tracked on follow-up and that could determine when you may need to start medications (if necessary) to prevent congestive heart failure. I really do think that if you have a specialist available , you should take full advantage of that.... Onthe other note-Since anesthesia could be risky (as well as any heart surgery), you do want to make sure you keep your teeth clean (since dirty teeth can also seed bacteria into your bloodstream which travel to your heart and cause endocarditis , a serious infection in the heart, which you would be prone to with a heart defect) to avoid having to have any formal cleanings under anesthesia. -The Oxyfresh tooth cleaning gel works great followed by the C.E.T. dental/oral rinse afterward and C.E.T. enzymatic treats sometimes. (C.E.T also makes a toothpaste but it has sodium benzoate which is carcinogenic so I try to avoid all products with that). My kitties were so traumatized after their first cleaning that when one of them had bleeding gums, I religiously brushed and rinsed the teeth weekly (not daily as recommended-too stressful) and they were picture perfect by abut 6 weeks after starting this regimen. You can definitely minimize the need for those cleanings if you can manage to do your own at home cleaning....
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 30 September, 2007
    The Doc told Mom I had one too. Guess what? I never had one!
  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 30 September, 2007
    I agree with Marcy. Get it checked out by a specialist early, so you can have all the information you need to know how best to treat (or not treat) the murmur. An early baseline assessment can also help you recognize changes later.
  • Melissa MayhewMelissa Mayhew ColumbiaMember Posts: 10
    edited 1 October, 2007
    First, get a second opinion before doing costly tests that may add stress. Secondly, if the murmor is confirmed get the testing done. It may not be serious or they may be able to treat it with medication. Good Luck! I was told I had one and mommy cried her heart out. She got a second and a third opinion and found out that I was fine. If they think they hear something they have to tell you, so get another opinion and go from there. This is not something to ignore as it can get worse.
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