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Causes of Propagation Failure in Excitable Media

  • J. P. Keener
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 36)

Abstract

In the cardiac conduction system, temporal order is related to spatial order and temporal disorder may very well be due to spatial disorder. For example, the normal heartbeat is initiated by a wave of excitation generated by the SA node which propagates across the atrium, through the AV node, down the His-Purkinje system and finally across the ventricles. However, if there is some disruption of the way action potentials propagate, it is possible that the normal sequence of events can change and lead to a disorder ot the EKG, that is, to a temporal disorder.

Keywords

Excitable Medium Functional Block Propagation Failure Solitary Pulse Spatial Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Keener
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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