Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 69–88

The heart as a system of coupled nonlinear oscillators

  • J. Honerkamp

DOI: 10.1007/BF00275911

Cite this article as:
Honerkamp, J. J. Math. Biology (1983) 18: 69. doi:10.1007/BF00275911


In various approximations the heart is considered as a system of coupled nonlinear oscillators which are characterized by their phase transition curve (PTC) only. The system exhibits many phenomena which are known from ECG recordings such as multi-level-Wenckebach periodicity, dissociation, induction or removal of a tachycardia by an extrasystole, pseudo-block and the gap phenomenon. All these can be discussed within the model on a quantitative level.

Key words

Phase transition curve (PTC) Entrainment Wenckebach periodicity Tachycardia Gap phenomenon 

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© Springer-Verlag 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Honerkamp
    • 1
  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität FreiburgFreiburg i. BrsgFederal Republic of Germany

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