Predicting Pulmonary Hypertension

“Significant pulmonary hypertension is known to occur secondary to recurrent airway obstruction in horses,” researchers said. “How this relates to disease severity or long-term prognosis is not known. In part, this may be due to the difficulty and/or
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As a part of a larger study, researchers at Cornell and Pennsylvania Universities confirmed that horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) are at increased risk of developing pulmonary hypertension. They are currently perfecting a model using pulmonary artery measurements to predict moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension in horses with RAO.

"Significant pulmonary hypertension is known to occur secondary to recurrent airway obstruction in horses," researchers said. "How this relates to disease severity or long-term prognosis is not known. In part, this may be due to the difficulty and/or invasive nature of monitoring pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) in a routine clinical setting."

JoAnn Slack, DVM, MS, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said a model to predict pulmonary hypertension could be useful in treating horses with RAO, even though it usually resolves when the causative disease is cured.

"Perhaps if we could undertake the specific treatment of pulmonary hypertension, we could improve the outcome or at least improve the comfort level of these horses," Slack said. "If we can diagnose the pulmonary hypertension, we may be able to evaluation what contribute pulmonary hypertension has to treatment failures

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Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for TheHorse.com .

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