Calculating a dangerous heartbeat — ScienceDaily

How ventricular fibrillation will behave in an individual patient can be accurately modelled and predicted using a single mathematical equation, according to Flinders University researchers.

Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a life-threatening heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, that causes the heart to beat irregularly and is one of the leading causes of sudden death in Australia.

The findings, recently published in the journal Heart Rhythm, could be used to improve patient treatment, including identifying when to intervene or to develop individualised treatment plans that can work more effectively.

Developed by Dr Dhani Dharmaprani from the Flinders Heart Rhythm Research Group in the College of Medicine and Public Health, led by Associate Professor Anand Ganesan, the research team studied…

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