Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Dale Rubenstein
Many of our clients know our hospital cat, Aurora. She’s such a celebrity, she has her own Facebook page! But Aurora hadn’t been feeling well lately, and we were worried she might have a heart problem. So she visited the local cardiology specialists and wrote the following about her experience.
My Big Day at the Cardiologist
After two episodes of feeling faint, Dr. Rubenstein and Dr. Mustillo decided I should go to the cardiologist. My appointment with CVCA was today.
Kim checked my weight (steady at 12 pounds; down from my original 18#) and then checked my blood pressure. Ha! Fooled them. Since I have kidney disease, they wanted my blood pressure to be high so they could treat it, but I had a lovely systolic reading of 100 (normal for cats in a veterinary hospital is
Then we went into the darkened room next door for the echocardiogram (ultrasound exam of my heart). They have a very nice, padded table so I could lie on my side, with a towel under my head. Dr. Rubenstein stayed by my head and Kim held me in position for Dr. Rosenthal. There is a hole cut out of the table for the ultrasound probe to go under my body, and they put some gel on my fur but no shaving. It didn’t hurt at all, and there were these really neat live action images of my heart on the large computer screen. Dr. Rosenthal explained to Dr. Rubenstein what he was seeing in my heart. My left atrium is a bit big which isn’t good and something about “diastolic dysfunction”.
Last step was an ECG (electrocardiogram), as is often done in people. They put these little clips with different colors on different parts of my body – didn’t really hurt but a bit annoying; fortunately it was only for a couple of minutes. Neither Dr. R nor Dr. M had ever heard an arrhythmia when listening to my heart, and the ECG was normal.
When I got back to the clinic, I was very much ready for lunch, and I begged for a couple of Temptation treats, which I more than deserved! I was very brave. But, as adventures go, it wasn’t too scary. Hopefully this will keep me from having these episodes, which I don’t like. I will keep you posted, and I thank all my Facebook friends for their support!!