Fortunately, heart disorders in horses are not frequent. However, we do regularly encounter heart murmurs during pre-purchase exams, check-ups and regular clinical research. In such cases it is important to understand whether these murmurs are being caused by, for example, a leak in the valves – so called regurgitation – or whether there are no heart abnormalities and it is just a result of slightly turbulent blood flow. A Doppler ultrasound– with coloured imaging – can be used to examine the functioning of the heart, its valves and blood vessels.
Sometimes sport and race horses, just like people who exercise a lot, may suffer from cardiac arrhythmia. An Electrocardiography (ECG) can be used to record the heart’s electric activity and display the heart’s rhythm and reveal any possible arrhythmias. With the help of a special system called Televet, we can monitor your horse around the clock and at a distance. This enables us to discover the even more subtle irregularities which have a negative effect on the horse’s athletic and racing performance.
The usage of echocardiography has become indispensable for the proper diagnosis of lung- and heart problems. We use echocardiography on horses with diagnosed heart murmurs, valve regurgitation, poor athletic performance and those suffering from shortness of breath. The procedure is performed by a specialist in internal medicine with extensive international experience in the field of equine cardiology.
Televet is used to assess the heart’s electric activity, to perceive whether there are any irregularities in the heart’s rhythm, and to reveal arrhythmias. By using Televet, all equine heart problems can be detected. Some, though unfortunately not all, can be treated.