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Heart Murmur

I have been told at the vet that they hear a heart murmur in Henry.
One doctor explained it sounds like a level 2 on a scale of 1 to 6, 6 being the worst.
He's scheduled for an EKG in a few weeks.

I recall maybe being told this before but now he is going to be 11 years old in early September.
The doctor also said he is clearly not in heart failure, which I understand is a process not quite an event. Once in heart failure, medication is prescribed.
He suggested I monitor breathes per minute when Henry is a asleep. Should be between 20 and 30 in 1 minute, not more, not rapid.

If anyone had any info to add or you are experiencing this please post in this thread.
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I don't have any experience with this but I wanted to send you and Henry my best wishes for his health in the future. I hope the murmur does not cause him any problems in the days to come.



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My best wishes for Henry too. I was talking about this with a vet friend recently, because I had heard about it in the older Havanese belonging to several friends. I asker her if this was a specific problem in Havanese. She said no, it was a problem common in older small breed dogs... partially because they tend to live long enough for it to happen, where many large breed dogs die of something else earlier. She also said that many dogs with heart murmurs never go on to serious "heart disease", and that even those with mild heart failure can be maintained for quite a long time with medication.
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I have a cat that has heart murmur (enlarged heart) since a kitten. In fact the previous owner (my SIL) was told the cat would only live a few years. The cat is still alive at age 13 now.
My geriatric pom had heart murmur by 13/14, but by that time we didn't intend to treat anything and just let him live out his natural life. He lived till 16.5.

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I have a cat that has heart murmur (enlarged heart) since a kitten. In fact the previous owner (my SIL) was told the cat would only live a few years. The cat is still alive at age 13 now.
My geriatric pom had heart murmur by 13/14, but by that time we didn't intend to treat anything and just let him live out his natural life. He lived till 16.5.

Good luck.
I have had a heart murmur since pregnant with my older son. He's 26 now, and I'm still ticking!


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Aren't the people in this forum so kind? Thinking of you and sweet Henry!
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Kordelia here is some info What Is Canine Heart Murmur?
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i was told that my Rosie has a very very slight heart murmur. She's only 4 months old. I was told they sometimes grow out of it.

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Thinking of you, FancyNancy. "Very, very slight" doesn't sound too scary.

I like your subheading, "Mom to Rosie." I might have to try to figure out how to change my subheading . . .

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Henry went in for his EKG this morning.
The vet just called about the results of the report.

- signs of mild mitral valve disease
- normal contraction
- not in immediate risk for heart failure
- no medication at this time
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