Cats get heart disease just like people do.
Unfortunately, cats tend to mask their signs and suffer longer before heart disease is detected.
Since early detection is very important for treatment, you should be on the lookout for the signs of cat heart disease.
What is Cat Heart Disease?
A common type of feline heart disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the muscle of the heart’s left ventricle is abnormally large or thickened, affecting its ability to efficiently pump blood to the aorta.
Maine Coon and Persian breeds have a high number of documented cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
However, any breed is susceptible to heart disease.
Heart disease in older cats is usually caused by hyperthyroidism or hypertension.
Also, cats with kidney disease are likely to also suffer from heart disease.
Symptoms of Cat Heart Disease
Of course, only a veterinarian can give your cat the diagnosis of heart disease.
Come common feline heart disease symptoms are:
- Abnormal heart sounds
- Bluish discoloration on paw pads
- Difficulty breathing
- Exercise intolerance
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden heart failure
- Sudden hind-limb paralysis with cold limbs
- Unusual breathing sounds
- Weak pulse
If your cat suffers from any of the above symptoms, see your vet immediately!
How Veterinarians Diagnose Feline Heart Disease
Several veterinary tests are helpful for diagnosing feline heart disease.
The most common tests include:
- Stethoscope – Listening to your cat’s heart with a stethoscope is the first step in diagnosing heart disease in cats. For example, your vet will listen to/for heart murmurs, heart rhythm, and heart strength. Your vet will also listen to your cat’s lungs looking for changes associated with heart disease.
- Chest x-rays – Your vet will take chest x-rays to assess your cat’s heart size and shape. He/she will also look for fluid in the lungs.
- Blood tests and urine tests – Blood and urine tests help your vet see what’s going on inside your cat’s body. Also, liver and kidney test numbers will be abnormal in cats with heart disease.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) – Electrocardiograms measure the heart’s electrical activity, giving your vet valuable information concerning your cat’s heart rate and heart rhythm. An ECG will alert your vet to abnormal heart rhythms.
- Ultrasound – An ultrasound gives your veterinarian an excellent visual on the status of your cat’s heart. Your vet sees the size and thickness of each heart chamber, how efficiently the heart is working, and more.
How Heart Qi Tonic Helps Cat Heart Disease
Many pharmaceuticals exist to help heart disease in cats.
Often, though, veterinarians and pet parents prefer to try something natural first.
Herbs, for example, provide a gentle and tonic alternative for many cats.
Heart Qi Tonic: Western Philosophy
Heart Qi Tonic helps casts suffering from:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic lethargy
- Congestive heart failure
Heart Qi Tonic: Eastern Philosophy
Accordingly, TCVM veterinarians evaluate feline heart disease differently than Western veterinarians.
TCVM vets look for signs of imbalance.
Heart Qi Tonic helps cats with the following TCVM signs:
- Heart Qi deficiency
- Lack of energy
- Pale tongue with a white coating
- Shortness of breath
- Spontaneous sweating
- Weak or irregular pulse
How Heart Qi Tonic Works
Heart Qi Tonic is a TCVM blend of 10 different Eastern herbs.
The herbs perform synergistically, balancing systems and meridians in the body.
As a result, Heart Qi Tonic addresses the underlying causes of cat heart disease.
For example, TCVM theory indicates the underlying cause of any disease is always an imbalance somewhere in the body.
In addition to alleviating imbalances, Heart Qi Tonic also eases the symptoms of heart disease.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Heart Qi Tonic works by:
- Tonifying Heart Qi
- Invigorating Blood
The main ingredients in Heart Qi Tonic are:
- Bai Zi Ren tonifies Heart
- Chuan Xiong moves Blood
- Dang Gui to nourishes Blood
- Dang Shen tonifies Qi
- Fu Ling drains Damp and strengthens Spleen
- Gan Cao tonifies Qi
- Huang Gui warms Yang
- Rou Gui warms Yang
- Wu Wei Zi astringently consolidates
- Yuan Zhi tonifies Heart
Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Heart Qi Tonic specifically for animals.
Dr. Xie based the Heart Qi Tonic herbal formula on the ancient TCM formula Yang Xin Tang.
Heart Qi Tonic works best when combined with plenty of water, Eastern Food Therapy, and moderate exercise.
Note: Information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.