The heart’s pumping ability is controlled by electrical activity that triggers the heart muscle cells to contract and relax. In certain heart diseases such as arrhythmia, the organ’s electrical activity is affected.
Cardiac researchers can already record and analyze the heart’s electrical behavior using optical and electrode mapping but widespread use of these technologies is limited by a lack of appropriate software.
Researchers have developed ElectroMap open-source software for processing, analyzing, and mapping complex cardiac data. This mapping could help to prevent the incidence of arrhythmia. The flexible tool uses novel data analysis strategies to provide a deeper understanding of heart diseases, particularly the mechanisms underpinning potentially lethal arrhythmia.
The incidence and prevalence of cardiac disease continues to increase every year, but improvements in prevention and treatment require better understanding of electrical behavior across the heart.
Data on this behavior can be gathered using electrocardiogram tests but more recently, optical mapping has allowed wider measurement of cardiovascular activity in greater detail. Insights from optical mapping experiments have given researchers a better understanding of complex arrhythmias and electrical behavior in heart disease.