Real-time computer simulations of excitable media: Java as a scientific language and as a wrapper for C and Fortran programs
Fenton, Flavio H. and Cherry, Elizabeth M. and Hastings, Harold M. and Evans, Steven J. (2001) Real-time computer simulations of excitable media: Java as a scientific language and as a wrapper for C and Fortran programs. In: Proceedings Robert J. Bumcrot Festschrift.
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We describe a useful setting for interactive, real-time study of mathematical models of cardiac electrical activity, using implicit and explicit integration schemes implemented in Java. These programs are intended as a teaching aid for the study and understanding of general excitable media. Particularly for cardiac cell models and the ionic currents underlying their basic electrical dynamics. Within the programs, excitable media properties such as thresholds and refractoriness and their dependence on parameter values can be analyzed. In addition, the cardiac model applets allow the study of reentrant tachyarrhythmias using premature stimuli and conduction blocks to induce or to terminate reentrant waves of electrical activation in one and two dimensions. The role of some physiological parameters in the transition from tachycardia to fibrillation also can be analyzed by varying the maximum conductances of ion channels associated with a given model in real time during the simulations. These applets are available for download at http://arrhythmia.hofstra.edu or its mirror site http://stardec.ascc.neu.edu/~fenton. This paper was given at the Robert J. Bumcrot Festschrift on May 11, 2001.
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