The Irish Wolfhound Foundation

COMPLETED - The Irish Wolfhound Lifetime Cardiac Study

Study End Date: 01-01-2016
Enrollment Status: CLOSED to new enrollment

A landmark study following 1,000 Irish Wolfhounds. There is a high incidence (over 30% of all wolfhounds has some abnormality by age 6) of unique cardiac problems in the Irish Wolfhound.

This study was designed to identify warnings of early cardiac disease. It followed the course of cardiac problems in individual dogs to gain insights into the course and prognosis of cardiac disease in the Irish Wolfhound.

The health questionnaire returned yearly for each dog in the study also provided information on longevity and other health concerns for the breed. This study involved 5 veterinary cardiologists to interpret the EKGs and data.

This study required a large number of dogs to participate for their entire life-time anl provided the framework for future investigations into heart disease in our breed.

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