Atrial Flutter Treatment Philips researcher wins Klee Award for new methodology
The German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT) within the VDE has given Frank Michael Weber of Philips the Klee Award. In a dissertation, Weber presents new methods for quantitatively analysing electrical signals from the cardiac atrium and basing important model parameters on these.
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The intention behind the research was to find a more-specific way to treat the heart rhythm disorder cardiac flutter, from which more than a million people in Germany alone suffer.
Specifically treating cardiac flutter
Along with the Family Klee Foundation, the VDE-DGBMT annually hands out the Klee Award, worth €5,000, to authors of scientific works focusing on biomedical engineering as an interdisciplinary subject or on engineering solutions for current clinical problems, or that make scientific contributions to medical diagnosis or treatment.
Computer simulations of the heart atrium can aid in comprehension of the nature of atrial flutter and optimise its treatment. Using the model of an average person that has been the traditional approach until now, however, is insufficient for obtaining information about individual patients. Rather, the simulation parameters have to be tailored to the specific patient. The dissertation by award-winner Weber supplies important pointers on this subject.
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VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik
Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V.