This is an emergency situation requiring aggressive treatment. Your veterinarian will perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation to begin your cat's heart beat and will want to make sure that your cat's heart rate is strong and consistent before going forward. Any treatable problems, such as hypothermia, hyperkalemia, or acid-base disorders will be treated.
If primary heart disease is suspected, an echocardiogram (ECHO), a sonographic tool, can be used to visually monitor the heart's ability to pump blood, the pattern of blood flow, and to look for tissue damage. Chest X-rays will also be taken to look for any abnormalities in the thoracic (chest) structure. The patient should be closely and frequently monitored with an ECG.
Unfortunately, patients with this condition have a poor prognosis. Even when sinus rhythm is re-established, the prognosis is still usually guarded to poor, as it is not uncommon for the patient to undergo cardiac arrest again.
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
Pertaining to the chest
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
a) A cavity in certain animals b) Term refers to a rear chamber in the heart or a cavity in the brain
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A body temperature that is too low
A term that indicates a lack of contraction; used to refer to a lack of activity in the heart.
The superior chamber in an animal's heart.
A record of the activity of the myocardium
Too much potassium in the blood
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.