Heart disease in horses

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Heart disease in horses - Vetster

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.

Symptoms of heart disease in horses

If you suspect that your horse having symptoms of heart disease, you must contact your veterinarian. Symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Collapse
  • Lethargy
  • Increased heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Lameness
  • Abdominal Edema
  • Poor performance
  • Abnormal gait and fainting
  • Lack of ability to exercise
  • Weak pulse

Treatment of heart disease in horses

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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