Pulmonic Stenosis: A Major Heart Condition, Common In Bulldogs

Bulldog Heart Issue - Pulmonic Stenosis
Bulldogs are one of the most susceptible breeds to Pulmonic Stenosis.  
 

What is Pulmonic Stenosis?

It’s a heart condition.¬† Specifically, it’s when the pulmonary value (located right outside the heart) isn’t functioning properly – causing restricted blood flow out of the heart.

It can lead to some major issues Рlike congestive heart failure, murmurs, or arrhythmia.  

There are 4 different types of pulmonic stenosis and each can be present in varying degrees – based on how much blood flow is restricted.

 

What Causes Pulmonic Stenosis?

It is congenital (present at birth) that occurs due to abnormal development of the fetus’s heart during pregnancy.¬† It is not known why this happens.

 

Most Common Symptoms of Pulmonic Stenosis:

If the condition is mild, you may not notice any symptoms.  The more blood flow restriction there is, the more the symptoms will arise:
  • Heavy / rapid / difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue / Inability to exercise normally
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Swelling¬†

 

Treatment of Pulmonic Stenosis:

It depends on the severity of the blood flow restriction.  One of the most common procedures is a balloon catheter to dilate (open) the valve; however, not all dogs can be helped by this procedure.  

Some dogs may also be treated with beta-adrenergic blockers (e.g. atenolol) (i.e. a pharmaceutical drug).¬† Beta-blockers are medications meant to reduce blood pressure.¬† They work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine (i.e. adrenaline) … which makes the heart beat slower and thus reducing blood pressure.¬† Beta Blockers can also help blood vessels open up more to improve blood flow.

 

Nutrition Recommendations:

We want to find superfoods that may benefit the cardiovascular system.  Any superfoods that may be able to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, etc. could be helpful. 

 

Top Superfoods for Pulmonic Stenosis:

#1: Bilberries

Bilberries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins (plant pigments high in potent antioxidants).   

Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which provide potential cardioprotective effects.  [1]

Anthocyanins have also been reported to inhibit smooth muscle contraction Рwhich are possible antihypertensive (reduce blood pressure) and antithrombotic (reduces formation of blood clots).  [2]

Vital Paws Dog Superfood Supplements Multivitamins Uses Bilberry Powder

#2: Omega 3 (Fish Oil)

Doctors have long believed that Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.  They believe it is due to the anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3.  (Inflammation can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease).  [3] 

Omega-3’s have several heart-healthy effects: they lower heart rate and blood pressure, and they impove the health of blood vessels.¬† [4]

Vital Paws Dog Superfood Supplements Multivitamins Uses Omega 3 Fish Oils

#3: Chickpea Flour

“Emerging research suggests that chickpeas and hummus may play a beneficial role in weight management and glucose and insulin regulation, as well as have a positive impact on some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD).”¬† [5]¬† ¬†Specially, this research is showing a reduction of LDL (Bad) Cholesterol.¬† [6]

Vital Paws Dog Superfood Supplements Multivitamins Uses Chickpea Flour

#4: Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin.  Many studies have been conducted on turmeric and/or curcumin on the effects it has for cardiovascular health.  [7] [8]  A potential cardiovascular benefits that I wanted to call out in particular are: 

  1. Turmeric may slow or prevent blood clots (e.g. antithrombotic properties).  [9] [10] [11]
  2. Turmeric may also help regulate cholesterol levels. [12]
Vital Paws Dog Superfood Supplements Multivitamins Uses Turmeric Black Pepper

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