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Cardiomyopathy in Dogs and Cats
Cardiomyopathy is a very serious heart disease in dogs and cats that often goes unnoticed. Luckily, there are now a number of medications on the market that help treat this disease. Find out more about this disease, including its signs, symptoms, and treatment, straight from our veterinarians!
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Tigger's funny way of eating
Tigger sometimes has this thing that he would put a paw into his food, take a piece out and once it hits the ground, he eats it. Tigger also has a heart condition. It is called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. In this disease the walls of the heart thicken, leading to inefficient pumping of blood. Blood pressure rises and fluid accumulates in the lungs. Eventually the chambers of the heart enlarge and abnormal heart rhythms occur. Signs of this disease are labored breathing, rapid heart rate, heart murmurs, weakness, collapse and death. Rare heart valvular disease, hyperthyroidism and asthma can mimic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We diagnose this disease with x-rays electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG) and ultrasound. We treat the disease with low salt diets, diuretics, aspirin to prevent blood clots, and medications such as diltiazem and atenelol. So far the meds are working. Tigger is only four and we don't know how long we have left with Tigger. The website that has info that I provided the heart condition is http://www.2ndchance.info/heart.htm .
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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a primary disease of the myocardium (the muscle of the heart) in which a portion of the myocardium is hypertrophied (thickened) without any obvious cause. It is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. The occurrence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a significant cause of sudden unexpected cardiac death in any age group and as a cause of disabling cardiac symptoms. Younger people are likely to have a more severe form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. HCM is frequently asymptomatic until sudden cardiac death, and for this reason some suggest routinely screening certain populations for this disease. This video is targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Creative Commons image source in video
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