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I'm very worried about my new kitten Lexie, she was diagnosed with a level 4 heart murmur on Friday. The vet is going to call me to have a cat cardiologist examine her. I just got her and her sister Lulu 2 weeks ago from a rescue group and was told that they had a clean bill of health. I'm so worried about this since I just lost my beloved cat Beanie of 11 years to a stroke. Has anyone been through this before? I've heard they can out grow this.
 

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Forgive me for not knowing her age; but yes there are some heart murmurs that kittens and dogs outgrow as they reach adulthood. An echo cardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) would be the next best step in determining specifically what is causing the murmur (since a murmur is just an irregularity, a symptom).
One of my dogs has a heart murmur; but he eats raw diet and you would never know anything is wrong with him (contrary to what they say, Hills or any other RX diet from a vet is poor quality; and will often do more harm than good.) There are a LOT of different causes for heart murmurs; but many of them are easily manageable with good nutrition. =) Best wishes to you and Lexie!
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My 18 month old Cornish Rex, Viola, has a heart murmur. Hers was picked up at about six months. The vet left it until she was twelve months old, because they can resolve and also because some tests are better done when they are older, I understand.

It was missed by the breeder's vet and by two of the vets at the clinic I use. I gather from this that they can sometimes be hard to pick up.

In Viola's case it is from a faulty heart valve. She had high blood pressure. Apparently the body detects that the heart is not pumping properly and jacks the heart beat up, causing heart enlargement and eventual heart failure.

Viola is on fortekor to manage her blood pressure. Time will tell whether she is able to have a pretty normal life or not. (Currently she is extremely ill, but it is hopefully an infection and not anything to do with her heart.)

I gather that murmurs are somewhat unpredictable with some cats with level four doing very well.

Hopefully the specialist will be able to determine the cause of the murmur and offer good treatment for it. Some conditions seem to be very treatable, others not....I was very worried that Viola had cardiomyopathy, for instance.

You should get good info from your cardiologist and they should be able to find the reason for the murmur.

Viola was very well and happy on the fortekor. It looks as though her blood pressure is doing ok and her ekg looked ok.

I do wish you and the kitten well.

In her case it is from a faulty valve
 

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I'm very worried about my new kitten Lexie, she was diagnosed with a level 4 heart murmur...

Has anyone been through this before? I've heard they can out grow this.
jmarksgirl, here's the go-to place where you'll find the largest gathering of people with heart-kitties...after 12 years dealing with at least 2300 cats, these people know 'a thing or two' about feline heart issues
A place where members can discuss feline heart conditions and treatments. You are welcome whether your cat was just diagnosed, suddenly passed on, or if you just want to learn more about feline heart conditions. Started April 2000 feline-heart : Support group for Feline Hearts HCM
 

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My Loki had a heart murmur--I don't recall what level, but he lived a happy, healthy life and died at age 18. :) Definitely get it checked out, but don't panic!
 

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thank you so much, I will try that group. I'm trying not to panic, its just scary. Lexie is 3 months old. We're still waiting to hear from our vet about the cardiologist. Losing my beloved Beanie to a stroke about a month and a half ago was so terrible. I still miss him so much, so it makes the thought of something happening like this again really scary.
 

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...I will try that group. I'm trying not to panic, its just scary. Lexie is 3 months old. We're still waiting to hear...about the cardiologist....
I would certainly be joining up there...I'm sure that one of the ways they'll be able to help will be to prepare you for the consultation with the specialist - the questions to ask, etc.

It's so heartening to see you being proactive and getting ahead of all this - so far as anyone can, anyway. I'm sure that part of Beanie's legacy to you will be that kind of vigilance.

Keep us posted!
 
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