Thank you, yes, he's very special to me. And where I keep him now, the couple have fallen in love with him too. He's just a lovely personality.
He had two ventral edemas which cleared up after about three months. His legs stopped stocking up too. And within another two months he has put on his weight. Until we did the ecg, the vet and I both thought right-sided heart failure. So this case is a bit tricky for everyone.
Yes they mentioned quinidine. One problem is his sketchy history, and it's an egg or chicken question as to whether the enlarged heart caused the AF, or vice versa. No one has listened to his heart before this year. So I believe they are questioning whether treating the heart might help the AF, if that's possible? I'm weary of quinidine but it might be a very valid option (factoring in all the hospital stay, treatment, etc it is about the same cost as the 'shock' treatment. Approx. $2500 I hear). Do you know of any horses successfully converted from AF with quinidine with an underlying heart issue?
The specialist also mentioned not treating him at all, which leads me to suspect it might be more advanced than I'd like it to be. I wasn't on the ball as I should've been yesterday morning.
Last edited by writer23; 05-23-2011 at 11:49 PM.