Application of network theory for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
Cardiac arrhythmia remains the leading cause of death in the Western world. The most frequent arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, is rising steeply due to the ageing population and is not well understood. Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve our understanding of the sources of arrhythmia to improve its treatment. Network theory is a way to study systems with discrete elements and their interaction. The EU-funded SMARTHEART project aims to apply network theory for the first time to clinical data of cardiac arrhythmia in combination with in-silico simulations. Innovative research tools aim to automatically detect the source of any arrhythmia identifying ablation targets. Promising preliminary results already show that this works for simple arrhythmia.
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