Cardiac conditions in horses
Cardiac diseases are rare in horses and clinical signs usually present later in life once the horse’s heart can’t compensate for the malfunction. By the time a horse shows signs of a cardiac condition, it’s been living with the condition for a while.
Difficulty exercising, respiratory issues, increased pulse and an abnormal heartbeat are signs of cardiac issues, and if your horse is experiencing these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. Besides listening to your horse’s heart, your clinician will conduct an electrocardiogram as well as an exercise test. Another option is an echocardiogram (ultrasound exam of the heart) to evaluate how well the heart is pumping blood.
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