Computing the Electrical Activity in the Heart by Joakim SundnesComputing the Electrical Activity in the Heart by Joakim Sundnes

Computing the Electrical Activity in the Heart

byJoakim Sundnes, Glenn Terje Lines, Xing Cai

Paperback | November 30, 2010

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The heart is a fantastic machine; during a normal lifetime it beats about 2.5 billion times and pumps 200.000 tons of blood through an enormous system of vessels extending 160.000 kilometres throughout the body. For centuries, man has tried to understand how the heart works, but there remain many unsolved problems, problems that have captured the attention of thousands of researchers worldwide. There is, for example, a huge amount of research being devoted to the analysis of single heart cells. Other areas of research include trying to understand how it works as a complete muscle, and how blood ows through the heart. The entire process is extremely complex. The history of bioelectricity can be traced back to the late eighteenth century and the experiments of Luigi Galvani. A century later, in 1887, Augustus Wallers managed to measure the electrical signal generated by the heart at the surface of the body [142]. His dog Jimmy earned a place in history by being the rst to have his heart measured in this way; see Figure 1.1. In 1903 Willem Einthoven [34] - veloped the rst commercial device for recording electrocardiograms (ECGs); see Figure 1.2.
Title:Computing the Electrical Activity in the HeartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3642070051

ISBN - 13:9783642070051


Table of Contents

Physiological Background.- Mathematical Models.- Computational Models.- Solving Linear Systems.- Solving Systems of ODEs.- Large-Scale Electrocardiac Simulations.- Inverse Problems.