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This disease is not aggressively treated in cats. If the heart rate is being maintained at a level at which the heart can pump an adequate amount of blood for normal body functions, generally no treatment will be required. If an underlying disease is responsible for the AV block, your veterinarian will treat it accordingly.
There is no special nursing care that is required for these patients. If symptoms persist, strict cage rest is often recommended. Your veterinarian may also recommend a special diet for your cat if there is an underlying disease requiring dietary restrictions. It should be noted that if there is an underlying cause that is responsible for the AV block, it will need to be treated in order for the problem to be resolved. You will need to talk to your veterinarian about the various options available for treatment.
In persistent cases, medication is not enough for long-term treatment of this problem. For such a case, a veterinarian may suggest a permanent pacemaker (a small device that is placed under the skin of the thoracic [chest] cavity to help control an abnormal heart rhythm) for long-term management. You may need to visit your veterinarian frequently for evaluation of your cat's current cardiac health status and progress, as this problem can lead to further serious complications if it is not monitored regularly.
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
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
A procedure that is used to evaluate the health and structures of the heart
The superior chamber in an animal's heart.
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
Term used to refer to a condition of having a disease or affliction but not displaying symptoms of it.
High blood pressure