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Respiratory problems in the racehorse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2187569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Racetracks are ideal environments for the promotion of lower respiratory disease. The stabling is close and unclean, the population is nationally and internationally mobile, and the work the racehorse performs is traumatic to the respiratory tract. The running horse must complete a respiratory cycle with each stride. This relationship requires 130-150 breaths a minute in the running horse. Minute volume has been measured at 1300 L per minute and peak flow rates of 60 L/second in horses traveling at a modest 8 meters per second. As a comparison, the fastest running horse approaches 18 meters per second. The traumatic nature of racing to the respiratory tract is demonstrated by the fact that over 80% of the Thoroughbred racehorses show signs of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Treating respiratory disease is a major part of racetrack practice.
R M Arthur
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0749-0739     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Clin. North Am. Equine Pract.     Publication Date:  1990 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-06-25     Completed Date:  1990-06-25     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511904     Medline TA:  Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Horse Diseases / diagnosis*,  therapy
Respiratory Tract Diseases / diagnosis,  therapy,  veterinary*

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