Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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Wow, I agree, two in one visit is too much!
Bailey was diagnosed with a low grade heart murmur when he was very young. It never bothered him, but about 3 months before he collapsed, I noticed that he was panting after our walks and it was March, so not hot out yet. He then developed a cough which seemed to be there only when he awoke in the morning. His vet thought it might be related to his seasonal allergies because the cough only appeared in the morning, post nasal drip type of thing. I, at the time, was worried about congestive heart failure. She checked his heart rate and pulse and said everything was normal. I was advised to watch him and, eventually, the coughing stopped. I guess that was a precursor of what was to come. One morning after our walk, he collapsed, was rushed to the emergency facility (Sunday) and was found to have fluid in his chest. It wasn't CHF but pericardial effusion (fluid around his heart). They aspirated the fluid and his breathing got better. Unfortunately, though, he filled up again and had to be euthanized that same day.
I am not trying to scare you, as Bailey was 15 years old at that point. I am just giving you my experience, as you requested. I don't know anything about the hypertension diagnosis.
BTW, Tyler was diagnosed with a low grade heart murmur about 3 years ago and he turned 16 in July. Hang in there, as there is hope. I know that it is scary when we get these diagnoses, though.
Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)