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High carbon dioxide tension (PCO2) and the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias in rapidly growing broiler chickens.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10458575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether two-week-old rapidly growing broiler chickens with high metabolic activity have an increased risk of the development of heart failure three to five weeks later. The incidence of cardiac arrhythmias was assessed in broiler chickens with either a relatively high carbon dioxide tension (PCO2) or a low PCO2 in their venous blood. Their electrocardiograms (ECGS) were measured when the birds were between five and seven weeks old by means of a biotransplant which allowed them to move freely. Premature ventricular beats were observed in all the birds, but the largest numbers were observed in birds that had had a high PCO2 when they were two weeks old.
S M Korte; A Sgoifo; W Ruesink; C Kwakernaak; S van Voorst; C W Scheele; H J Blokhuis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  145     ISSN:  0042-4900     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-04     Completed Date:  1999-10-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Animal Science and Health (ID-DLO), Department of Behaviour, Stress Physiology and Management, Lelystad, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology,  veterinary*
Blood Gas Monitoring, Transcutaneous / veterinary
Blood Pressure
Body Weight
Carbon Dioxide / blood*
Chickens / growth & development*,  physiology
Electrocardiography / veterinary
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide

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