Cats with congestive heart failure should be hospitalized until they are stable. Open heart surgery may be necessary to repair the defect, but this is often very expensive. Consult with your veterinarian the best and most affordable course of treatment for you and your pet. For some secundum-type defects, an amplatzer device may be implanted to close the hole.
Living and Management
The prognosis in cats with ASD depends on the size of the defect and coexisting abnormalities, though it is often guarded to poor. Small, isolated defects, for example, are unlikely to progress, while primum-type defects are typically larger with a worse prognosis.
A wall or partition that is designed to divide and separate
Pertaining to the lungs
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
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
Fainting; the respiratory and circulatory systems are suspended for a time
High blood pressure
The superior chamber in an animal's heart.
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
The widening of something
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
A procedure that is used to evaluate the health and structures of the heart
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.