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