Rapid Heart Beat in Cats
Cats with sustained SVT or signs of congestive heart failure should be hospitalized immediately. There they may undergo a variety of non-pharmacologic, emergency interventions, including vagal maneuvers, precorial thump, and/or electrical cadioversion. Delivering a precordial thump is often successful in terminating an SVT, but may break the ryhtym for only a brief period.
To perform a precordial thump, the cat is placed on its right side and then "thumped" in the affected region with a fist while recording the EKG.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments for your cat as needed for treating the SVT and/or the underlying heart disease with prescription medication and/or dietary changes. He or she will recommend that you feed your cat a low sodium diet as well as restrict its activity until further notice.
A medical condition in which the patient has an abnormally fast heartbeat
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
Fainting; the respiratory and circulatory systems are suspended for a time
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
A record of the activity of the myocardium
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