Generation of ECG signals from a reaction-diffusion model spatially discretized

M. A. Quiroz-Juárez, O. Jiménez-Ramírez, R. Vázquez-Medina, V. Breña-Medina, J. L. Aragón, R. A. Barrio

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We propose a model to generate electrocardiogram signals based on a discretized reaction-diffusion system to produce a set of three nonlinear oscillators that simulate the main pacemakers in the heart. The model reproduces electrocardiograms from healthy hearts and from patients suffering various well-known rhythm disorders. In particular, it is shown that under ventricular fibrillation, the electrocardiogram signal is chaotic and the transition from sinus rhythm to chaos is consistent with the Ruelle-Takens-Newhouse route to chaos, as experimental studies indicate. The proposed model constitutes a useful tool for research, medical education, and clinical testing purposes. An electronic device based on the model was built for these purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19000
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

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