Elec­tro­car­dio­grams for horses

Re­searchers from Va­len­cia’s CEU UCH univer­sity have de­vel­oped a phone app which en­ables field vet­eri­nar­i­ans to de­tect car­diac ar­rhyth­mias

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By Joe Wick­man VA­LEN­CIA’S CEU UCH univer­sity has val­i­dated a mo­bile phone App which makes it pos­si­ble to con­duct elec­tro­car­dio­grams (EKG) on horses with­out hav­ing to take the an­i­mal to a hos­pi­tal.

The re­sults of their re­search will en­able vet­eri­nar­i­ans to per­form the test in the field by sim­ply us­ing their mo­bile phone, and then send­ing it to an equine car­di­ol­o­gist who will re­view it and emit a di­ag­no­sis.

They mea­sured the ef­fec­tive­ness of the App on 50 horses, on both sides of the tho­rax.

Pro­fes­sor Ig­na­cio Cor­ra­dini ex­plains: “The re­sults have been ex­cel­lent: the mo­bile phone has shown high sen­si­tiv­ity for de­tect­ing and char­ac­ter­is­ing the car­diac ar­rhyth­mias of horses. There is great po­ten­tial with this type of applications. But the main ben­e­fit of the ap­pli­ca­tion is that it favours an ear­lier de­tec­tion of ar­rhyth­mias, be­fore it’s too late to re­verse or im­prove them.”

They show­cased their find­ings at the an­nual congress of the Euro­pean Col­lege of Equine In­ter­nal Medicine (ECEIM), a pres­ti­gious event which each year chooses the most note­wor­thy de­vel­op­ments in their field.

The CEU team’s re­search was one of the 20 cho­sen out of 90 sub­mit­ted works, which proves its worth. Fur­ther­more, it was an­nounced that next year’s ECEIM congress will take place in Va­len­cia.

Cor­ra­dini stresses that “hold- ing this congress is greatly im­por­tant for the Span­ish equine vet­eri­nar­ian medicine com­mu­nity and shines the spot­light on Va­len­cia and the UCH CEU as ex­am­ples of high clin­i­cal and sci­en­tific qual­ity”. A young man who missed his train home af­ter a trip to the Al­bacete province was found walk­ing back to Enguera (Canal de Navar­rés) through the moun­tains at 06.30, the Guardia Civil re­ported on Satur­day. The 20-year-old failed to catch the last train from Al­mansa in the neigh­bour­ing re­gion of Castilla-La Man­cha and his bat­tery had run out on his mo­bile phone. His par­ents in the in­land Va­len­cia province district raised the alarm when they saw his bed was un­used and they had not heard from him. Ac­cord­ing to the Guardia Civil, he had gone to see his girl­friend and tried to walk home across coun­try. He was frozen, his feet soak­ing wet, ex­hausted, lost and con­fused and un­able to walk another step. The tem­per­a­ture had dropped to 5ºC by the time po­lice lo­cated him in a hard-to-reach part of the Canaleja ravine, not far from his home town. They took him to Enguera health cen­tre for a check-up as he was suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia.

The CEU UCH re­search team

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