Computer simulation of a single heartbeat

Computer simulation of a single heartbeat

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Caption: Virtual heart. Computer simulation of the heartbeat of a virtual heart, with the heart chambers that lie below the unseen muscle tissue coloured blue. The coronary arteries (orange) supply blood to the rhythmically beating heart muscle. Models like this allow simulation of the complex interactions behind the electrical impulses driving each heartbeat. The effects of new heart drugs can then be tested on the simulation. This will help to provide effective new treatments for cardiovascular disease. Dr Denis Noble, Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Oxford University, England, was one of the pioneers of the virtual heart.

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Keywords: anatomy, artery, chamber, computer sim, computer sim., computer simulation, coronary, coronary artery, heart, heart chambers, heartbeat, human body, virtual heart

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