Horses are giant, gentle, beautiful, majestic creatures!
Fast and strong, horses almost seem invincible. But, they are not.
Unfortunately, horses suffer heart problems just like humans and other mammals.
Signs of Horse Heart Problems
Horses with heart problems display certain signs and symptoms.
If you notice your horse displaying any of the following signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
The symptoms may show up only after exercise at first.
Then, as time passes, symptoms may show up even when your horse is resting.
Symptoms of Horse Heart Problems
General symptoms include:
- A general loss of condition
- Accumulation of excess fluid in the chest or abdomen
- Fatigue after exercise
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Fainting or collapse
How Veterinarians Diagnose Horse Heart Problems
Of course, only a veterinarian can give your horse a positive diagnosis of horse heart problems.
And, there are several veterinary tests used to diagnose horse heart disease.
The most common tests include:
- Stethoscope – Listening to your horse’s heart with a stethoscope is the first step in diagnosing heart problems in horses. Your vet will listen to/for heart murmurs, heart rhythm, and heart strength. Your vet will also listen to your horse’s lungs looking for changes associated with heart problems.
- Chest x-rays – Your vet will take chest x-rays to assess your horse’s heart size and shape. He/she will also look for fluid in the lungs.
- Blood tests and urine tests – Blood and urine tests help your vet see what’s going on inside your horse’s body. Often, liver and kidney test numbers will be abnormal in horses with heart disease.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) – Electrocardiograms measure the heart’s electrical activity, giving your vet valuable information concerning your horse’s heart rate and heart rhythm. An ECG will alert your vet to abnormal heart rhythms.
- Ultrasound – An ultrasound gives your veterinarian an excellent visual on the status of your horse’s heart. Your vet sees the size and thickness of each heart chamber, how efficiently the heart is working, and more.
How Heart Qi Tonic Helps Horse Heart Problems
Many pharmaceuticals exist to help heart problems in horses.
Often, though, horse owners and their veterinarians would rather try something natural first.
For example, herbs provide a gentle, tonic alternative for many horses.
Heart Qi Tonic: Western Philosophy
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic lethargy
- Congestive heart failure
Heart Qi Tonic: Eastern Philosophy
Eastern medicine treats a disease’s root cause(s) rather than symptoms.
Accordingly, TCVM veterinarians evaluate heart problems in horses differently than Western veterinarians.
For example, TCVM vets look for signs of imbalance.
Heart Qi Tonic helps horses with the following TCVM signs of imbalance:
- Heart Qi deficiency
- Lack of energy
- Pale tongue with a white coating
- Shortness of breath
- Spontaneous sweating
- Weak or irregular pulse
How Heart Qi Tonic Works
Heart Qi tonic is a TCVM blend of 10 different Eastern herbs.
The herbs perform synergistically, balancing the systems and meridians in the horse’s body.
Heart Qi Tonic addresses the underlying causes of heart problems in horses.
And, the underlying cause of any disease is always an imbalance somewhere in the horse’s body.
Heart Qi Tonic alleviates your horse’s imbalances while treating the symptoms of heart problems.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Heart Qi Tonic works by:
- Tonifying Heart Qi
- Invigorating Blood
The main ingredients in Heart Qi Tonic are:
- Bai Zi Ren tonifies Heart
- Chuan Xiong moves Blood
- Dang Gui to nourishes Blood
- Dang Shen tonifies Qi
- Fu Ling drains Damp and strengthens Spleen
- Gan Cao tonifies Qi
- Huang Gui warms Yang
- Rou Gui warms Yang
- Wu Wei Zi astringently consolidates
- Yuan Zhi tonifies Heart
Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Heart Qi Tonic specifically for animals.
For example, Dr. Xie based Heart Qi Tonic on the ancient human TCM formula Yang Xin Tang.
Heart Qi Tonic works best when combined with plenty of water and moderate exercise.
Note: Information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.