Right ventricular and atrial function in nature’s ultimate athlete: the horse

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary internal medicine and pathophysiology
    • Veterinary medical imaging
    • Veterinary physiology, pathophysiology and biochemistry
horse training echocardiography cardiology biopsy biomarker
Project description

The horse is used as an animal model for exercise-induced right ventricular and atrial remodeling, which has been linked to arrhythmias and sudden death in human athletes. The effect of induced pulmonary hypertension and exercise training on right ventricular and atrial function and structure is investigated using echocardiography, electrocardiography, cardiac biomarkers and myocardial biopsies.