Heart & Cardiovascular Problems

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Hickstead's Death Remains Under Investigation

November 08, 2011

The sudden death of show jumping champion mount Hickstead could have been caused by a number of factors.... Read More

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Weight Gain for Older Horses

August 01, 2011

My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping his weight up after a stroke. How can I help him? ... Read More

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Awad, Millionaire Thoroughbred Racehorse, Dead at 21

July 25, 2011

Millionaire and four-time grade I winner Awad died July 23 at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. The 21-year-old ... Read More

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Equine Charity Donation Supports Horse Health at WCVM

April 18, 2011

A $20,000 donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) to support horse health at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on the University of Saskatchewan campus has been doubled by a matching gift program, bringing the total gift ... Read More

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Causes of Sudden Death in Racehorses Examined

April 03, 2011

Exercise-related sudden deaths in racehorses are uncommon and "poorly understood," noted study researchers.... Read More

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AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Tract

March 17, 2011

Topics regarding the horse's gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the 2010 AAEP Convention. ... Read More

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Heart Disease Blood Test in Horses: Effective and Useful (AAEP 2010)

March 06, 2011

If a veterinarian suspects heart disease in a horse, running a cardiac troponin I (cTnI) blood test can expedite a diagnosis, according to a team of Cornell University veterinary researchers. Cardiac troponin I is an excellent marker for injury to ... Read More

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Researcher: Dehydration Can Lead to Misdiagnosis of Heart Disease

February 24, 2011

Changes in a horse's heart size due to dehydration might lead to a misdiagnosis of heart disease based on echocardiogram, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center who recently completed a study on the subject. ... Read More

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2010's Top Equine Medicine Studies (AAEP 2010)

February 16, 2011

What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine veterinary internal medicine for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., deemed the most important ... Read More

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Russian Donkey Forced to Parasail has Died

February 08, 2011

According to a report from Horse and Hound, the Russian donkey Anapka--who was once the center of an international welfare controversy after she was attached to a parasail and flown over a beach as part of an advertising stunt--has died of suspected ... Read More

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Sport Horse Practice Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 28, 2011

The Table Topic session on Sport Horse Practice (with a focus on eventers) at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., was well-attended by approximately 100 people. The discussion began ... Read More

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Equine Collapse: Once in a Lifetime?

January 08, 2011

A horse that collapses while under saddle is both a hazard to himself and others. ... Read More

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Heart Problems in Horses

December 25, 2010

The circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) and respiratory system (lungs and airway) work together to provide oxygen throughout the horse's body, and to transport waste material from the horse's tissues. During exercise, the circulatory and ... Read More

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'Heart Attacks' and Heart Disease in Horses

October 25, 2010

The cardiovascular system, which is composed of the heart and blood vessels, is essential for the distribution of oxygen, nutrients, and other critical components to all organs throughout the horse's body. As the heart is the sole pump for ... Read More

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Managing Abnormal Heart Rhythm in the Performance Horse

August 31, 2010

Exercise intolerance often is first sign that a performance horse has an abnormal heart rhythm, said Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, internal medicine clinician and graduate fellow in the department of large animal medicine at the Univer... Read More

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Thoroughbred Tuscan Evening Dies Following Workout

August 09, 2010

Top grass female Tuscan Evening collapsed after a workout on the Del Mar turf course Aug. 8 and died. Track officials suspect that the 5-year-old grade I winner suffered a cardiac event, but there was no official confirmation of that.... Read More

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Clues About Cardiac Arrest in Racehorses

July 26, 2010

Racehorses and other performance horses occasionally succumb to cardiac death during or after exertion, and in most cases equine researchers are at a loss as to why.... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

June 22, 2010

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can... Read More

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Foal Heart Murmurs Could Signal Other Problems

May 13, 2010

Any foal with an abnormally high respiration rate, heart rate, blue gums, or exercise intolerance should be evaluated for heart defects. If one is found, it's a good idea to look for other congenital problems.

K. Gary Magdesian, ... Read More

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Cardiology: The Equine Heart

May 01, 2010

Cardiac disease is one of the most common causes of "poor performance" in athletic horses. ... Read More

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Transvenous Electrical Cardioversion Gets Good Results at Davis

April 21, 2010

Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis are having success treating atrial fibrillation in horses through transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC). ... Read More

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Fetal Heart Rate Measurements Aid Health Monitoring

February 26, 2010

Fetal heart rate monitoring during the second half of pregnancy can help veterinarians easily and reliably assess the health of the unborn foal, according to new research by German and Austrian veterinary scientists. However, it's unlikely to give ... Read More

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Cornell Vet Researchers Investigate Atrial Fibrillation

January 12, 2010

When Sophy Jesty was 20 years old and an animal science major at Cornell, she met N. Sydney Moise, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVIM (internal medicine, cardiology), now professor of medicine and chief of the section of cardiology at Cornell's College of... Read More

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Aortic Valve Prolapse Prevalence in Horses Determined by Type, Duration of Training, ACVIM 2009

August 08, 2009

Certain levels and durations of training may predispose horses to aortic valve prolapse (AVP), said Gayle Hallowell, MA, VetMB, CertVA, Dipl. ACVIM-LAIM (large animal internal medicine), MRCVS, who presented research findings at the American... Read More