Darrell J. Swenson

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The association of restriction fragment length polymorphism genetic markers at the apolipoprotein AI-CIII-AIV gene locus with lipid and lipoprotein levels was evaluated in subsets of the 666 Caucasian students from the junior high school (11-14 years old) population of Muscatine, Iowa. Male students whose leukocyte DNA had an uncommon haplotype consisting(More)
The electrocardiogram (ECG) is ubiquitously employed as a diagnostic and monitoring tool for patients experiencing cardiac distress and/or disease. It is widely known that changes in heart position resulting from, for example, posture of the patient (sitting, standing, lying) and respiration significantly affect the body-surface potentials; however, few(More)
Computational modeling in electrocardiography often requires the examination of cardiac forward and inverse problems in order to non-invasively analyze physiological events that are otherwise inaccessible or unethical to explore. The study of these models can be performed in the open-source SCIRun problem solving environment developed at the Center for(More)
The simulation of electrical activity in the heart, such as normal and abnormal ventricular rhythms and ischemia, utilize computational methods that rely on an underlying geometric model, or polygonal mesh of cardiac tissues and boundaries. Because of the complex shape of many biological structures, it is often difficult to create meshes that conform to the(More)
INTRODUCTION We hypothesize that electrocardiographic measurements from the intramyocardial space contain more sensitive markers of ischemia than those detectable on the epicardium. The goal of this study was to evaluate different electrical markers for their potential to detect the earliest phases of acute myocardial ischemia. METHODS We conducted acute(More)
Computational simulation has become an indispensable tool in the study of both basic mechanisms and pathophysiology of all forms of cardiac electrical activity. Such simulations depend heavily on geometric models that are either realistic or even patient specific. These models consist of a connected mesh of sometimes millions of polygonal elements that must(More)
INTRODUCTION Myocardial ischemia is a pathological condition initiated by supply and demand imbalance of the blood to the heart. Previous studies suggest that ischemia originates in the subendocardium, i.e., that nontransmural ischemia is limited to the subendocardium. By contrast, we hypothesized that acute myocardial ischemia is not limited to the(More)
BACKGROUND Voltage mapping is an important tool for characterizing proarrhythmic electrophysiological substrate, yet it is subject to geometric factors that influence bipolar amplitudes and thus compromise performance. The aim of this study was to characterize the impact of catheter orientation on the ability of bipolar amplitudes to accurately discriminate(More)
Past concussion studies have focused on understanding the injury processes occurring on discrete length scales (e.g., tissue-level stresses and strains, cell-level stresses and strains, or injury-induced cellular pathology). A comprehensive approach that connects all length scales and relates measurable macroscopic parameters to neurological outcomes is the(More)