Diagnosing Cardiac Arrhythmias in Horses on the Farm
Bill Gilsenan, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM (LAIM), a practitioner at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, offered up an option at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. He described a smartphone-based heart monitor veterinarians can use in the field.
The AliveCor Veterinary Heart Monitor is a handheld wireless portable ECG device that veterinarians can use to evaluate cardiac rhythm. Gilsenan described it as essentially an iPhone case with electrodes on it that transmits an ECG-compatible signal to a phone.
In 2013 Kraus et al. performed a study to validate the monitor in 46 dogs, 23 cats, and 18 horses. All horses’ heart rates were accurate and identical to those measured on a traditional ECG machine
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