Heart & Cardiovascular Problems

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Sudden Death: Untimely End

June 01, 2005

Sometimes horses die suddenly when they aren't involved in athletic competition. You walk out to stall or paddock one morning and your good trail horse or companion animal is lying dead, even though it had appeared normal and healthy when you fed the... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Do Horses Have Heart Attacks?

January 01, 2005

Q: I read about horses that have died of apparent "heart attacks" during competitions, breeding, and even out in the field. I have had veterinarians tell me there is no such thing as a horse having a heart attack.... Read More

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Impact of Valvular Heart Disease on Performance

November 03, 2004

Results of a four-year prospective study designed to determine the influence of training and heart size on atrioventricular (AV) valvular regurgitation (backflow of blood from the lower to the upper heart chambers) in Thoroughbred racehorses, an... Read More

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First Look Inside the Live Equine Heart

September 01, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred colt called a ventricular septal... Read More

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New Drug Tried for Equine Heart Fibrillations

August 04, 2004

Veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine believe they're the first to use an oral drug to resolve a chronic case of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats) in a horse. ... Read More

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The Live Equine Heart: A First Look (video incl)

July 12, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred foal called a ventricular septal defect... Read More

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Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More

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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

January 01, 2004

Congestive heart failure is a term describing a group of clinical signs that develop as a result of other cardiac diseases. As the name implies, equine congestive heart failure is generally an endpoint of disease, and it is considered rare in... Read More

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Equine Heart Murmurs (AAEP 2002)

February 19, 2003

Despite the high incidence of murmurs in racehorses, they are very hard to diagnose. Heart murmurs are usually low-frequency sounds at the lower limit of human hearing which are difficult for the human voice to reproduce accurately.... Read More

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Pericarditis Study Results Released

December 17, 2001

Pericarditis is a disease involving the sac around the heart and the heart itself. The disease is uncommon. During the spring of 2001, however, an unexpectedly large number of cases... Read More

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Pacemaker Recipient Gives Birth

November 01, 2001

A Thoroughbred/Irish Draught mare received a pacemaker in groundbreaking surgery at Great Britain's Royal Veterinary (UK) College's Sefton Equine Hospital in February. Seven-year-old Xena was weak... Read More

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Initial Pericarditis Survey In Yearlings Brings Good News

June 14, 2001

Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., reported that examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings revealed... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pericarditis Cases: Nearly 60

June 14, 2001

The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the... Read More

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Kentucky's Pericarditis Cases Called 'Clinically Significant'

June 14, 2001

Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming... Read More

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Conditioning the Older Horse

March 01, 2001

What are the effects of advancing years on athletic performance? ... Read More

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Blood Builders (Hematinics)

December 01, 2000

Administration of hematinics (also known as "blood builders") to horses, either in the form of dietary supplements or as injectable compounds, is commonly practiced by owners, trainers, and veterinarians. The general objective in using these... Read More

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Old Habits Dies Of Heart Attack

November 10, 2000

Champion and All American Derby (Grade 1) Quarter Horse Racing winner Old Habits died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack after a gallop at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Trainer Danny Cardoza was ponying Old Habits off the trac... Read More

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Hearing Heartbeats

October 01, 2000

To assist veterinarians in discerning normal from abnormal heart sounds, an interactive equine medical CD was created with recordings of 13 equine heart sounds and associated ultrasound images. The recordings include murmurs, atrial fibrillation... Read More

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Peak Fitness

March 01, 2000

In the last issue we considered some of the adaptations that occur in horses during training. To recap, we know that improvements in cardiovascular and muscle function occur quite... Read More

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Aortic Rupture

April 01, 1999

You’ve probably heard horror stories like these: A breeding stallion completes servicing a mare, slides off, goes down to the ground, gasps a few times, and dies. A 20-year-old pony being ridden by his young owner staggers sideways,... Read More

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Heart Murmurs in Horses

October 01, 1998

Is a heart murmur in horses the same as a heart murmur in people? What signs will a horse with a heart murmur exhibit? How can a heart murmur be diagnosed?... Read More