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Diagnosed w HCM need medication advice

BronAndRaj

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My two year old sweetheart sphynx just got diagnosed with HCM. It's not too extreme but it's noticeable... Our vet prescribed Lotensin/Benazepril however side effects include kidney damage so I'm hesitant to begin him on it right away. A lot of sphynx owners with babies who also have HCM say they give them atenolol and I want to get some advice on how that's worked for some people or what other medications have helped. I'm trying my best to stay positive but I can't stop thinking of his little life being shortened. It's breaking my heart. I want to give him the longest happiest life possible and I am so torn on how to do so. Please offer suggestions!
 

Hairless Blessing

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I'm so sorry for him and you. I can't help you, but, there are people
here going through or has went through the same thing.
They will chime in.
Will pray for your baby and you.
 

Catzzzmeow

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I am sorry to hear of this. We have a couple of members experiencing the same with their babies and are successful with meds. @zoinks might have some words of wisdom to share as well as @ZiggyStardust.

Patti
 

ZiggyStardust

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I am so sorry you've heard the dreaded diagnosis. My Cornish Rex, Ash, was diagnosed with HOCM (obstructive HCM) when we adopted him at 6 years old. He had a 4/5 murmur when we were sent for the first echo. He was placed on atenolol at that time. A year later there was a little bit of progression, so enalapril and aspirin (later changed to plavix) was added. He is now 12 and has had stable readings and his murmur had dropped to a 2 for the last couple of years until his latest in September where there had been some progression again. They didn't change his meds though, just a recheck in 6 months (this March). He is also still not showing any symptoms other than the murmur. I know there've been studies (or a study) put out lately that say that atenolol doesn't make a difference, so I don't know for sure if it's actually been helping or if it's been the enalapril, but I'm not going to stop giving either to him. Of course, I also can't say it'd definitely help your baby, but just sharing what's been prescribed for Ash and how he's doing. ::HUGS:: to you!
 

Ickushouse

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I'm sorry to hear about your baby's heart. It's super that you found the trouble early and can start treating him. Will be thinking about your boy. Please keep us updated.
 

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((Hugs))) to you and your boy- I am so sorry to hear of his HCM diagnosis-
Meds can be very helpful in a treatment plan started early to lead a long life.
Many of us have experienced HCM with our babies and truly understand .
We are all here for you and your boy-
Keep positive! Sending you good lair vibes for your boy!
 

MissBuny

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I had a HCM positive boy who was prescribed atenolol. He was on about 6mg twice a day from the age of one. He unfortunately passed away age 4yrs and 8months. Atenolol can cause a thickening of the heart muscle with prolonged use.
 
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