Cardiovascular variables in eventing and endurance horses over a season

Lorello, Olivia; Ramseyer, Alessandra; Burger, Dominik; Gerber, Vinzenz; Navas de Solis, C. (2019). Cardiovascular variables in eventing and endurance horses over a season. Journal of veterinary cardiology, 21, pp. 67-78. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jvc.2018.08.004

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Introduction The objectives of this study were to describe the changes in clinical cardiovascular examination variables over a competition season in groups of competitive eventing and endurance horses and to compare these findings to non-competitive controls of the same breeds. Animals This study included two eventing horses, 11 endurance horses, and 13 eventing and seven endurance control breed-matched horses. Materials and methods Cardiovascular examinations were performed before starting the competition season, in the middle and at the peak/end of the competition season. Examinations included auscultation of the heart; M-mode echocardiographic measurements and calculated values; left atrial, pulmonary artery, and aortic diameters; color flow Doppler; exercise electrocardiograms (ECG) measuring peak heart rates and quantifying premature complexes; and 24-h continuous ECGs quantifying premature complexes per hour. Results Auscultation, echocardiograms, arrhythmias during exercise, and 24-h continuous ECGs did not change significantly throughout the season (p > 0.05 for all variables). Conclusion Cardiovascular examination variables of eventing and endurance horses throughout a competition season are reported here for the first time. Although the present study did not reveal significant changes, data should be interpreted carefully as only a small number of horses were examined.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Equine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

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Lorello, Olivia; Ramseyer, Alessandra; Burger, Dominik and Gerber, Vinzenz


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Andrea Gassmann-Suter

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17 Apr 2019 15:32

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