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Hello, this is Dr. Sara. I am very sorry for your loss. That is very young.
Did he go in to congestive heart failure and is that why you needed to put him to sleep?
Hi, are you still there?
Well, it sounds like his heart was the primary reason if his labwork and ultrasound was normal. Think about it this way....your blood supplies all your organs, muscles and cells of the body with nutrients. When your heart isn't able to pump normally, the body is deprived of what it needs. At first, this is a slow deprivation and medications help the heart to pump as normal as it can. But slowly, the organs etc are not getting 100% of what they need. As the heart disease progresses, the other organs go into further shut down and start to decline. In the end,if the heart is not pumping blood efficiently and there is an off and on arrhythmia, the rest of the body declines that much more. The muscles lose their ability to function, the kidneys start to go into failure....everything starts to shut down. So what is perceived as a sudden decline is not......the body has been on a slow decline for years and ultimately failed. Does that make sense to you?
Yes, the exhaustion could cause him to stop eating
It sounds to me like you made the best decision for him. He did very well for having such a large heart murmur. I am very sorry, I know you are heart broken.
You are welcome. Let me know if you think of anything else you want to ask or clarify. Goodnight.