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This is a life-threatening emergency that will require immediate hospitalization and intensive nursing support and treatment. The primary goal is to restart the cat's heart rhythm and respiration rate, which may require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Once the trachea is cleared and CPR is performed, a tube may be passed into the trachea to facilitate breathing. Oxygen may also be supplied to normalize the blood oxygen levels.
Cats with heart failure may require external cardiac massage to stimulate heart to beat normally. Those unresponsive to cardiac massage may receive rapid chest compressions. Typically medications are administered to assist in normalizing cardiac functions. Otherwise, the chest is incised to provide the open chest resuscitation to the animal or medications are administered directly into the heart -- both of which are considered a last resort.
The overall prognosis will depend on the underlying cause of the cardiac arrest and the course of treatment. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of cats recover, even after successful emergency treatment.
If your cat's condition does stabilize, it will need to stay in the hospital for a few days. There, the veterinarian may monitor cardiac functions and blood pressure and treat any further complications.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Denotes an animal that is still able to reproduce or is free of cuts and scrapes
Fainting; the respiratory and circulatory systems are suspended for a time
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A magnesium deficiency in the blood
A condition of the blood in which the blood is poisoned due to the absorption of poisons
A low level of calcium in the blood
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
Any substance known to eliminate feeling; usually applied during a painful medical procedure.
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
A procedure that is used to evaluate the health and structures of the heart
Too much potassium in the blood
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.