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Section: Application Domains

Electrophysiology of the heart

The numerical simulation of the electrical activity of the heart is a new topic in our team. It is motivated by our participation in the CardioSense3D project and by a collaboration initiated with the ELA Medical company (pacemaker manufacturer).

Our purpose is to simulate the propagation of the action potential in the heart. A lot of works has already been devoted to this topic in the literature (see e.g. [67] , [72] , [71] and the references therein), nevertheless there are only very few studies showing realistic electrocardiograms obtained from partial differential equations models. Our goal is to find a compromise between two opposite requirements: on the one hand, we want to use predictive models, and therefore models based on physiology, on the other hand, we want to use models simple enough to be parametrized (in view of patient-specific simulations). Our strategy is to select the level of complexity with respect to the “numerical electrocardiograms” produced by the model. We are also interested in various clinical and industrial issues related to pacemakers.


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