Personalized simulations developed at Hopkins lead to more accurate, successful treatment for heart rhythm disorder
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have created personalized digital replicas of the upper chambers of the heart and used them to guide the precise treatment of patients suffering from persistent irregular heartbeats, the university reports.These simulations accurately identified where clinicians need to destroy tissue to restore the heart's normal rhythm, according to the article.
The proof-of-concept study, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, is a promising step towards simulation-driven treatments, according to the article. An FDA-approved clinical trial is slated to begin this fall.
“The personalized digital replicas allowed us to accurately simulate and analyze heart electrical activity in 10 patients and determine where tissue needs to be destroyed,” says Natalia Trayanova, the Murray B. Sachs Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University Schools of Engineering and Medicine.
Trayanova is a BMES member.
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