Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent arrhythmia in dogs and people, can impact the well-being of our beloved canines. At Purdue, we are dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of atrial fibrillation in dogs. Through comprehensive research with diagnostic tests and cardiac markers in the blood, we aim to identify key factors, potential risk indicators, and innovative treatment approaches to combat this cardiac ailment.

What is the research about?

The main aim of this study is to test if a painless diagnostic test can measure nerve activity in dogs with heart problems and arrhythmias, and if this nerve activity is different than in healthy dogs. The study also is designed to test if the nerve activity changes when the dogs take medicine for their heart problems and see if it relates to heart rate variability. The goal is to find a way to quickly and easily understand and treat heart problems and arrhythmias in dogs.

During the study, the animals will have a cardiac check-up to see their cardiac function and rhythm. Then, their skin will be shaved and 4 small patches will be put on their skin, and the dog will stand still for about 10 minutes while the nerve activity is measured. After the test, the patches will be removed.

How can I participate?

By joining forces with us, you become an advocate for the future of veterinary medicine. Your participation will contribute to the development of effective diagnostic tools, novel therapies, and preventive strategies for atrial fibrillation in dogs.

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The research will pay for the nerve detection test (multilead electrocardiogram) and the cardiology appointment, but the client is responsible for any other medical fees.