Heart & Cardiovascular Problems


Cardiorespiratory Causes of Poor Equine Performance

August 17, 2012

In order for a horse to reach his athletic potential, his cardiorespiratory system must function properly.... Read More


Elite, Non-Elite Endurance Horse Hearts Compared

July 22, 2012

Elite endurance horses had fewer cardiac abnormalities and different cardiac dimensions than non-elite horses.... Read More


Prevalence of Post-Anesthesia Cardiac Arrhythmias in Horses

May 16, 2012

Study links common post-surgical heart arrhythmia in horses to anesthesia, surgery, and recovery.... Read More


Effects of Food Deprivation on Horses' Cardiac Function

May 04, 2012

Research finds withholding a horse's feed reduced heart rate and increased atrioventricular block frequency.... Read More


Heart Problems Claim Thoroughbred Stallion Dynaformer

April 30, 2012

Dynaformer was pensioned after suffering an aortic valve rupture the afternoon of April 14 while in his stall.... Read More


Not all Equine Heart Abnormalities are Abnormal

December 20, 2011

While some equine heart problems can be life- or career-threatening others typically don't impact performance.... Read More


Heart Rate's Effect on Equine Performance

November 27, 2011

A research team found that in young horses, as heart rate increased performance quality decreased.... Read More


Lecture on Causes of Collapse in the Horse Scheduled

November 15, 2011

On Dec. 6, the New Bolton Center will present "The Collapsing Horse: When it's the Heart and When it's Not."... Read More

Hickstead and Eric Lamaze en route to a Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.


Acute Aortic Rupture Blamed for Hickstead's Death

November 09, 2011

An acute aortic rupture caused show jumping champion Hickstead's death during a Nov. 6 competition in Italy. ... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gastrointestinal Tract

March 17, 2011

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


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