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BACKGROUND Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is still one of the most challenging procedures in cardiac electrophysiology, limited, in part, by unmappable arrhythmias that are nonsustained or poorly tolerated. Calculation of the inverse solution from body surface potential mapping (sometimes known as ECG imaging) has shown tremendous promise(More)
Patient-specific modeling of the heart is limited by lack of technology to acquire myocardial fiber orientations in the clinic. To overcome this limitation, we recently developed an image-based methodology to estimate the fiber orientations. In this study, we test the efficacy of that methodology in infarcted hearts. To this end, we implemented a processing(More)
Electrical dyssynchrony is postulated to be one of the main factors contributing to non-response of patients to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). We applied inverse epicardial imaging computed from patient-specific geometry and body-surface potential recordings to assess global and regional electrical dyssynchrony. Patients were imaged pre- and(More)
The effectiveness of guar gum in reducing post-prandial blood glucose and plasma insulin levels in human subjects seems to depend mainly on its ability to increase the viscosity of digesta in the small intestine. However, the precise relationship between the rheological properties of guar gum (either in vitro or in vivo) and the changes in blood metabolites(More)
The problem of using surface data to reconstruct transmural electrophysiological (EP) signals is intrinsically ill-posed without a unique solution in its unconstrained form. Incorporating physiological spatiotemporal priors through probabilistic integration of dynamic EP models, we have previously developed a Bayesian approach to transmural(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to use multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) to assess therapeutic effects of myocardial regenerative cell therapies. BACKGROUND Cell transplantation is being widely investigated as a potential therapy in heart failure. Noninvasive imaging techniques are frequently used to investigate therapeutic effects of cell(More)
A guar-shortbread biscuit has been successfully developed and tested for possible use in the dietary management of diabetes. A dose-response study was undertaken to estimate the amount of guar gum needed in the biscuit recipe to reduce postprandial glycaemia and insulinaemia. A control biscuit and three types of guar biscuit corresponding to a low, medium(More)
AIMS Electromechanical de-coupling is hypothesized to explain non-response of dyssynchrony patient to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). In this pilot study, we investigated regional electromechanical uncoupling in 10 patients referred for CRT using two non-invasive electrical and mechanical imaging techniques (CMR tissue tracking and ECGI). METHODS(More)
Myocardial scar is the most common substrate for malignant arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. Radiofrequency ablation, as one of the emerging mainstream therapies, currently relies on electrophysiologic (EP) map acquired on endocardial and occasionally epicardial surfaces. As myocardial scar is often complex with shapes varying with the depth of the myocardium,(More)