Oxygen cost of ventilation in the resting horse Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to develop a technique to measure the oxygen cost of ventilation and the values of ventilatory parameters in seven normal horses rebreathing carbon dioxide (CO2). All the horses responded to increased inspiratory levels of CO2 by increasing their tidal volume (VT) and frequency of breathing (Vf). The mean (SE) oxygen cost litre-1 of ventilation, measured at rates of ventilation greater than 200 litres min-1 was 1.7 (0.04) ml litre-1, similar to that of normal human subjects ventilating submaximally. It was concluded that the CO2 rebreathing test is a practical, non-invasive means of measuring the oxygen cost of breathing and the ventilatory response to CO2 in horses.

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publication date

  • September 1995