View Full Version : Enlarged heart experiences?

28th May 2009, 11:33 PM
My 9 yr old boy has MVD with two valves involved. At this time, his congestive heart failure is well controlled with medication, but his heart
has enlarged to about double normal size. It is so large that it seems that it is putting pressure on the bronchial tubes and he is increasingly retching and making somewhat of a honking noise to open his trachia(I think) He started doing this a couple times a day about two months ago but now it happens 20-30 times a day. Has anyone else had experience with this? Is there any treatment? He is seeing his cardiologist on Monday. thanks for any input. Tere I. and Karma

Cathy Moon
30th May 2009, 02:27 AM
I'm so sorry this is happening to him and you. I haven't had experience with this yet. Please let us know how your appointment goes. Will be thinking of you. :flwr::flwr::flwr:

30th May 2009, 06:33 PM
You ask: Is there any treatment? It depends upon his current medication. Pimobendan reportedly will, in some cases, reduce the size of the enlarged heart. A heart that enlarged is an indication he is approaching congestive heart failure, if he is not already there. Heart enlargement usually is part of the progression of this disease.

Most veterinary cardiologists are the best bet for care and prescribing medication for this condition, so you are very wise to be seeing one on Monday.