New Open-source Software May Help Prevent Arrhythmic Heart Disease

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This new software will provide a deeper understanding of heart diseases, particularly the mechanisms underpinning potentially lethal arrhythmia

An international team of researchers has come up with an innovative open-source software that can measure the heart’s electrical behaviour and easily spot potentially lethal heart conditions, like arrhythmia.

Called ElectroMap, the open-source software can be used for processing, analysis and mapping complex cardiac data.

The team is led by researchers from the School of Computer Science and the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Birmingham. They have worked with counterparts in the UK, Netherlands and Australia to develop this software.

“We believe that ElectroMap will accelerate innovative cardiac research and lead to wider use of mapping technologies that help to prevent the incidence of arrhythmia,” said Dr Kashif Rajpoot, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Computer Science at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

This software will provide a deeper understanding of heart diseases, particularly the mechanisms underpinning potentially lethal arrhythmia, Rajpoot added.

Dr Davor Pavlovic, lead contributor from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, noted that although increased availability of optical mapping hardware in the laboratory has led to expansion of this technology, further uptake and wider application is hindered by limitations with respect to data processing and analysis.

According to him, the new software can detect, map and analyse arrhythmic phenomena for in silico, in cellulo, animal model and in vivo patient data.

The team has published its findings in Scientific Reports. 

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