Heart disease in horses is a very serious condition. The heart is a vital organ of the body and it pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients throughout the body. Early diagnosis and treatment can manage the symptoms and delay or slow down the progression of the condition, however, left untreated it can be fatal.
If you suspect that your horse having symptoms of heart disease, you must contact your veterinarian. Symptoms can include:
Treatment varies depending upon the type of heart diseased diagnosed. Some forms of heart diseases can be treated with surgery others are treated primarily with medications. Various medications can be used when treating heart disease including; Lidocaine, enalapril, magnesium sulfate, digoxin and furosemide.
Occasionally a condition called pericarditis, inflammation and infection of the tissues that surround the heart is diagnosed. Treatment of pericarditis involves the use of antibiotics and sometimes anti-inflammatories.
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Carpitis is inflammation of the soft connective tissues on the surface of the bones of the carpus of a horse. The horse carpus is the equivalent of the human knee joint. This inflammation can involve the fibrous joint capsule, synovial membrane, and associated ligaments and bones of the carpus.
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