Lung Bleeding (EIPH) in horses – It’s Not Only Racehorses!

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Lung Bleeding (EIPH) in Horses – It’s Not Only Racehorses!

Mention “bleeders” or exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage and most people will immediately think of racehorses. Some may possibly think of polo ponies or eventers competing at the highest level. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that even horses undertaking a strenuous trot may break some blood vessels deep in the lungs.

What is EIPH?

EIPH refers to the breaking of blood vessels in the lungs as a result of exercise. The blood enters the airways and is then moved from the smaller to the larger airways and . . .

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Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.