Cardiac arrhythnmias. Using mathematics to help prevent stroke and sudden cardiac death.

Start: 02/12/2018 - 4:15pm
End  : 02/12/2018 - 5:15pm

Applied Math Seminar

Leon Glass (McGill University)


In the normal human heart, a specialized region of the heart
called the sinus node sets the rhythm of the entire heart. However, in
some circumstances the normal sinus rhythm is disrupted and abnormal
cardiac arrhythmias arise. This talk will give a quick introduction to
some rhythms that are particularly important in medicine and
interesting in mathematics. One rhythm, called atrial fibrillation, is
associated with an irregular rhythm. This rhythm is generally not
fatal, but leads to an increased risk for stroke. Other rhythms, such
as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation are life
threatening or fatal. In this talk, directed towards a general
audience, I will give a brief introduction to reading
electrocardiograms and then describe some of the mathematical
approaches that are being used to diagnose, predict and control these
abnormal rhythms.

Emmy Noether Rm Millikan 1021 Pomona College

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