Equine AFib No Issue For Auburn Vets

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) in horses is a health threat just as it is in humans; however, it’s much harder to rectify in an animal so large. Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine recently completed their first-ever procedure to correct AFib in a horse, called TVEC (transvenous electrical cardioversion). Only a few vet schools in the nation can perform the TVEC procedure.

The patient was a 6-year-old Thoroughbred named Moissanite, who competes in jumping competitions. Experiencing AFib, the horse came in with an irregular, rapid heart rate. AFib can increase the risk of heart failure and stroke, as well as other complications, so it’s important to get the horse back to a normal heart rhythm rapidly.

The procedure to correct the AFib included passing a catheter into the heart from the horse’s neck, then administering an electric impulse that reset the heart’s rhythm. The procedure was a success.

Read more at The Plainsman.

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