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Effect of atropine-dobutamine stress test on left ventricular echocardiographic parameters in untrained warmblood horses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16734092     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of combined atropine low-dose dobutamine stress test on left ventricular parameters in adult warmblood horses, to establish a potential protocol for pharmacological stress echocardiography. Seven healthy untrained warmblood horses aged 9 to 22 years were used. Heart rate (HR) and left ventricular B- and M-mode dimensions were recorded at baseline and during stress testing with 35 microg/kg atropine IV followed by incremental dobutamine infusion of 2 to 6 microg/kg/min. HR increased significantly (P < .05) during the pharmacological challenge, and a maximal HR of 156.6 +/- 12.5 bpm was reached at maximal dobutamine infusion rate. Systolic and diastolic interventricular septum thickness, systolic and diastolic left ventricular free wall thickness, and fractional shortening increased significantly and reached a maximum at the highest infusion rate (mean +/- SD: 4.51 +/- 0.27 versus 5.65 +/- 0.31 cm, 2.89 +/- 0.19 versus 3.78 +/- 0.10 cm, 3.72 +/- 0.34 versus 4.77 +/- 0.18 cm, 2.44 +/- 0.28 versus 3.11 +/- 0.34 cm, 34.98 +/- 3.82 versus 50.56 +/- 3.42%, respectively). Systolic and diastolic left ventricular internal diameter decreased significantly during dobutamine infusion. Left ventricular external and internal area were significantly lower at a dobutamine infusion rate of 2 microg/kg/min but no further decrease was observed during the subsequent steps. Systolic and diastolic myocardial area was significantly lower after the administration of dobutamine but not significantly different during dobutamine infusion, when compared to baseline values. This pharmacological stress test induced significant changes in left ventricular echocardiographic parameters in adult warmblood horses. Additional research should evaluate the value of this stress test in horses suffering from cardiac disease.
Charlotte F Sandersen; Johanne Detilleux; Brieuc de Moffarts; Gunther Van Loon; Hélène Amory
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0891-6640     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vet. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:    2006 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-31     Completed Date:  2006-06-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708660     Medline TA:  J Vet Intern Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  575-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Sciences, Equine Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Atropine / administration & dosage,  pharmacology*
Cardiotonic Agents / administration & dosage,  pharmacology*
Dobutamine / administration & dosage,  pharmacology*
Drug Therapy, Combination
Echocardiography, Stress / veterinary*
Horses / physiology*
Infusions, Intravenous / veterinary
Ventricular Function, Left / drug effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cardiotonic Agents; 34368-04-2/Dobutamine; 51-55-8/Atropine

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