Using a new computer model that simulates damaged heart tissue, a Johns Hopkins University undergraduate and his faculty advisors are refining a testing method that may give doctors a better tool for detecting coronary artery disease before a heart attack occurs. Their computer simulation has confirmed earlier findings that coronary artery disease causes irregular electrical activation of the cardiac muscle. If an electrocardiogram (ECG) can detect such irregularities, the researchers say, doctors will know that a patient needs treatment to prevent permanent heart damage.
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