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Heart Beat Problems (Premature Complexes) in Cats




The treatment your veterinarian administers will depend on exactly what kind of heart disease is affecting your cat and how severe it is. There are several different types of medicines that can be used, depending on the type of heart disease present. A drug to dilate the blood vessels (vasodilator) may be prescribed for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and digitoxin may be prescribed to decrease the heart rate and increase cardiac contractility in cases of dilated cardiomyopathy.


Living and Management


Underlying cardiac diseases must be treated and kept as controlled as possible by your veterinarian. This means that you will need to take your cat to the veterinarian for frequent follow-up appointments. Sometimes, despite drug therapy, some animals will have an increased frequency of APCs, or will deteriorate to more severe signs of heart disease as the underlying disease progresses.


Depending on the underlying cardiac disease, you may need to change your cat's diet to a low sodium diet. Your veterinarian will advise you on the diet and amount of activity your cat will need to be of optimum health. 



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