Video: Personalised 3D computer models of patients’ hearts have been created to help cardiologists carry out life saving treatments

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Personalised 3D computer models of patients’ hearts have been created to help cardiologists carry out life saving treatments.

The virtual organs, for instance, can work out a heart attack victims’ risk of developing a potentially fatal irregular beat. They can then be surgically implanted with a defibrillator, a device that applies electric shocks to the heart when its rhythm goes out of kilter. Arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems are experienced by more than two million people a year in the UK.

Virtual-heart arrhythmia risk prediction for two patients with previous injury, one classified as high risk, and the other as low risk. In the high risk heart, arrhythmia developed, indicated by the electrical wave that was �Sstuck⬝ rotating around the injury. In the low risk heart, despite the presence of injury, arrhythmia was not formed, with the electrical wave propagating uniformly. Credit: Hermenegild Arevalo and Natalia Trayanova. See National story NNHEART; Personalised 3D computer models of patients' hearts have been created to help cardiologists carry out life saving treatments. The virtual organs, for instance, can work out a heart attack victims' risk of developing a potentially fatal irregular beat. They can then be surgically implanted with a defibrillator, a device that applies electric shocks to the heart when its rhythm goes out of kilter. Arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems are experienced by more than two million people a year in the UK.

Virtual-heart arrhythmia risk prediction for two patients with previous injury, one classified as high risk, and the other as low risk. In the high risk heart, arrhythmia developed, indicated by the electrical wave that was �Sstuck⬝ rotating around the injury. In the low risk heart, despite the presence of injury, arrhythmia was not formed, with the electrical wave propagating uniformly. Credit: Hermenegild Arevalo and Natalia Trayanova. See National story NNHEART; Personalised 3D computer models of patients' hearts have been created to help cardiologists carry out life saving treatments. The virtual organs, for instance, can work out a heart attack victims' risk of developing a potentially fatal irregular beat. They can then be surgically implanted with a defibrillator, a device that applies electric shocks to the heart when its rhythm goes out of kilter. Arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems are experienced by more than two million people a year in the UK.

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