Rossdales' medicine specialist Celia Marr and former Rossdales partner Lewis Smith teamed up with former Rossdales researcher Claire Wylie and researchers from Bristol, Adelaide, Liverpool and Colorado to work on risk factors associated with cardiac rhythm disturbances in poorly performing racehorses.
The group found a high prevalence of cardiac rhythm disturbances in poorly performing racehorses. Detection of rhythm disturbances may vary with exercise test conditions and exercise‐associated upper respiratory tract obstructions increases the risk of rhythm disturbances. The study also showed that although cardiac rhythm disturbances can negatively impact performance, horses generally recover and perform as well as others subsequently. Including ECG with overground endoscopy can add important additional information to the test.
The study was first published in the Equine Veterinary Journal on 26 September 2020.
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