Atrial fibrillation is a common cause of exercise intolerance in racehorses, particularly those in National Hunt racing. This problem is not confined to horses and equine and human athletes have similar cardiovascular risks with a propensity for atrial fibrillation. Because this rhythm disturbance can occur intermittently, it is challenging to detect by ECG analysis between episodes.
Rossdales clinician Professor Celia Marr is part of a multidisciplinary team working to develop analysis tools which may help both humans and horses. The group has just published another paper, The complexity of clinically-normal sinus-rhythm ECGs is decreased in equine athletes with a diagnosis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, in the prestigious journal, Nature Scientific Reports.
The research is supported by PetPlan Charitable Trust and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account at the University of Surrey.
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