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Electrophysiological basis of the electrocardiogram

  • Edward Carmeliet
  • Johan Vereecke
Part of the Basic Science for the Cardiologist book series (BASC, volume 9)

Abstract

The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a very useful tool to investigate the electrical activity of the heart. Electrical activity of cells generates short-circuit currents in the extra-and intracellular environment. According to Ohm’s law such short-circuit currents cause electrical potential differences also in the extracellular environment. Studying these potentials can give important information about the underlying processes.

Keywords

Action Potential Duration Brugada Syndrome Dipole Vector Purkinje System Transmural Dispersion 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Carmeliet
    • 1
  • Johan Vereecke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyK.U.L. University LeuvenBelgium

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