01859-A: Defining the Significance of Irregular Heartbeats through Early Monitoring

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $12,467.92
Dr. Robert A. Sanders, DVM, Michigan State University
July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013
Breed(s): Saluki
Research Program Area: Cardiology

Project Summary

We have completed the data collected on 25 normal Saluki dogs in this study. All dogs included in the study were found to be normal on physical examination and had no significant abnormalities noted on an echocardiogram performed by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. Ambulatory electrocardiogram monitors (Holter monitors) were placed on the Salukis and data was collected for multiple days. The Holter data from the 25 dogs have been completely analyzed and reviewed at this time.

We are in the process of manuscript preparation. This manuscript will have descriptive results of the Holter data including pauses in the normal heart rhythm (sinus pauses), frequency of ventricular arrhythmias, presence of heart block and any other unusual findings. This will establish normal parameters (min/max/mean, sinus pause length, occurrence of heart block, occurrence and frequency of ventricular arrhythmias) for Saluki dogs. These data are important, as it will provide a basis for comparison when evaluating Salukis with significant heart disease. Further studies are being planned to determine if Holter monitoring can be used to predict the development of cardiomyopathies in Saluki dogs.

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