Treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Cats
Treating HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) in cats is similar to diagnosing the disease in that the actual HCM cannot be treated, but the conditions it causes can be treated. For instance, HCM is hard to detect, but if congestive heart failure, blood clots, or a heart murmur is present then a vet can detect those which can lead to an HCM diagnosis. Likewise, if the mentioned conditions are present, the vet will treat those in an effort to treat the overall HCM. Treatment for congestive heart failure includes low sodium diets, diuretics to reduce fluid buildup on the lungs, and possible hospitalization for fluid draining and oxygen therapy. Blood clots can be treated with pain medication, platelet medication and aspirin and physical therapy. Irregular heartbeat can also be treated with medication. The treatment will be based on the cat’s response to medication. For more information about HCM and treatment, contact your Rochester, NY veterinarian.