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Research article2010Peer reviewedOpen access

Holter monitoring in 36 dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease

Crosara, S.; Borgarelli, M.; Perego, M.; Haggstrom, J.; La Rosa, G.; Tarducci, A.; Santilli, R. A.


ObjectiveDescribe the presence of arrhythmias in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and the potential association with class of heart failure and left atrial enlargement. Compare the standard electrocardiogram (ECG) with Holter monitoring for assessing heart rate (HR).Experimental procedureThe study group of 36 dogs weighing less than 20 kg was divided into MMVD and no clinical signs (preclinical) or MMVD and clinical signs (clinical). A standard echocardiogram, ECG and 24-h Holter recording were obtained in all dogs.ResultsMinimum and mean Holter HRs were higher in the clinical group than in the preclinical group. Clinical dogs had more ventricular arrhythmias than preclinical dogs. An enlarged left atrium was associated with the presence of more supraventricular arrhythmias.ConclusionsArrhythmias are a common finding in dogs with MMVD and Holter monitoring is a reliable tool for both HR monitoring and diagnosis.


arrhythmia; dogs; heart failure; mitral valve regurgitation; myxomatous mitral valve disease

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Australian Veterinary Journal
2010, Volume: 88, number: 10, pages: 386-392

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    Veterinary Science
    Animal and Dairy Science

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