General information on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common for of cardiomyopathy. In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the left ventricle of the heart thickens and is not attributed to any other medical causes. When the walls of the left ventricle thicken, the muscle fibers are replaced by scar tissue and the heart is weakened. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. The main causes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are genetic.
Symptoms of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Some of the symptoms for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be heart murmurs, increased pulse, loss of appetite, weight loss, increased breathing, lethargy, intolerance to exercise, blood clots, coughing, the inability to use one or more limbs, odd posture, and congestive heart failure.
Treatments for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
The treatment for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy may include drugs to help relax the heart and to increase the heartís efficiency. Your veterinarian may prescribe a drug therapy that includes diuretics, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. These medications are not prescribed specifically for cats and, therefore, should only be used under veterinary direction. Aspirin may be given to your cat by your veterinarian to help prevent blood clots. To help prevent strain on the heart during the healing process, the catís activities should be restricted.
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