Biomedical Engineering Application Brief
Long Island Jewish Hospital
Department of Cardiology
The Department of Cardiology at the Long Island Jewish Hospital
specializes in the care of diseased heart patients. The hospital
accomodates people with heart cardiac diseases and irregularities.
New Hyde Park, NY
Life-threatening arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, affects 300,000
people per year in the United States alone. Arrhythmias vary from
person to person, so a cardiologist needs as accurate a picture as
possible of an individual's arrhythmia in order to treat it correctly.
Dr. Steven Evans, at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, heads a
group that does just this kind of evaluation. His team records a
patient's heart's electrical activity, extracts and
analyzes the important part of the cardiac signal, then submits it to a
neural network to ascertain what type of arrhythmia the patient has.
Software for Aid and Research
Since processing data quickly is essential when patients' lives are in
danger, it is vital for this team to have a tool that can meet sudden
demands in emergencies, yet is accessible enough for several
researchers to be working with it all at once.