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Am J Vet Res. 2010 Jul;71(7):766-72. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.71.7.766.

Comparison of Doppler ultrasonography and high-definition oscillometry for blood pressure measurements in healthy awake dogs.

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Unité de Cardiologie d'Alfort, Unité Mixte de Recherche INSERM U955, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, 94 704 Maisons-Alfort cedex, France. vchetboul@vet-alfort.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the intra- and interobserver variability of systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and diastolic arterial pressure (DAP) measurements obtained with 2 indirect methods in awake dogs and percentage of successful measurements.

ANIMALS:

6 healthy conscious adult dogs.

PROCEDURES:

4 observers with different levels of training measured SAP and DAP on 4 days by use of Doppler ultrasonography (DU) and high-definition oscillometry (HDO). The examinations were randomized. Measurements for each technique were recorded 5 consecutive times, and mean values (total, 720 measurements) were used for statistical analysis.

RESULTS:

All within- and between-day coefficients of variation (CVs) for SAP were < 15% irrespective of the observer or method (HDO, 3.6% to 14.1%; DU, 4.1% to 12.4%). Conversely, half the CVs for DAP were > 15% with the highest within- and between-day CVs obtained by the least experienced observer by use of DU (19.5% and 25.9%, respectively). All attempts with HDO were successful, whereas DAP could not be measured by use of DU by the least experienced observer in 17% of attempts.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

SAP may be assessed in healthy dogs by use of DU and HDO with good repeatability and reproducibility after a short period of training. Conversely, the variability of DAP is higher and longer training is required to assess DAP via DU than via HDO.

PMID:
20594078
DOI:
10.2460/ajvr.71.7.766
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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