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Engineering Research Seminar Series

Engineering in Cardiology – developing powerful tools to help cure cardiac arrhythmias

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Engineering Research Seminar Series, Dr Fernando Schlindwein, University of Leicester presents: Engineering in Cardiology – developing powerful tools to help cure cardiac arrhythmias.

  • From: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 2 pm
  • Location: 116, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Engineering Research Seminar Series, Dr Fernando Schlindwein, University of Leicester presents: Engineering in Cardiology – developing powerful tools to help cure cardiac arrhythmias.

Abstract

In this seminar, I will be speaking about some aspects of my academic research. These involve the use of Doppler ultrasound to monitor premature babies, machine monitoring using vibrations and acoustic emissions and cardiac arrhythmias (both atrial and ventricular). In particular, I shall detail some aspects of the latter subject, which is my current line of research.

In atrial fibrillation (AF), the electrical activation of the top chambers of the heart (the atria) is faster than normal, out of sequence and disorganised. Engineers and mathematicians measure these by using tools for spectrum analysis, the study of phase using Hilbert transform and measurements of entropy. We produce different 3D maps of the individual atria that represent frequency, phase and entropy.

The vulnerability to ventricular arrhythmias causing sudden cardiac death (SCD) can be assessed by the way the muscle cells of the heart respond when stimulated at different frequencies. A map comparing heart period (the inverse of heart rate) and the length of time the myocytes are excited (length of contraction) produces two indices (patented by the University of Leicester) that predict the likelihood of SCD. I shall be talking about the current £1M MRC project that is under course to use and improve this by making the technique non-invasive.

This seminar is hosted by Frederique Vanheusden

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For any enquires please contact Frederique Vanheusden

Location details

Room/Building:

116, CELS

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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