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RE: [RC] arrhythmias - Alison Farrin

The hand helds will catch this - you just have to know how to read it.  If you 
have a HR coming down, say 80, 78, 74, 72, 78, 72, 78, 70, 68, 78, 66....
those jumpy numbers are telling you there's an ayrrthmia there.  With a little 
practice, it is discernable and different from "he moved and his pulse went 
up".  He moved and his pulse went up will generally get you one bump up 6-10 
points then a smooth curve back down.

Caveat;  If you have a very old receiver, they don't read fast enough to catch 
this.

Alison A. Farrin

-----Original Message-----
From: terre [mailto:tobytrot@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 5:41 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] arrhythmias

Darlene said "The single most important thing I learned from that
experience (courtesy of Dr. Jerry Washburn) is that an arrythmic heart rate
is one of the very first signs of metabolic distress and it's also the most
commonly missed signs."

...especially with the use of hand-held or electronic heart rate
monitors--it's one of the reasons I fear to see them in general use.  I
recall from years of vet sec'ing (is that a word?) for Dr. Jim Bryant
(Sr.)--if a horse came in whose pulse was erratic (even if bpm were less
than criteria) to call it to his attention immediately.  I mean--thunp,
thump...THUMPTHUMPTHUMP...thump, thump, thump....THUMPTHUMP..   like
that.  BIG trouble possibly brewing, even tho the count will be 60.  I
don't think the hand helds will catch this like a stethoscope will.

terre (....and by the time the horse gets to the vet, it may be deteriorating.)


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