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May 4, 2015

University researcher wins NIH award for developing new atrial fibrillation solution


Behnaz Ghoraani, engineering faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently awarded a $456,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health for the project “Catheter guidance algorithm for identification of atrial fibrillation ablation.”

According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, affects more than 2 million Americans. These fluctuations in the heart can cause increased risk of stroke and heart failure. Electrical signals within the body drive the mechanical movement of the heart. Atrial fibrillation is an irregularity of the heart rate, specifically within the atria, the two upper chambers of the heart, due to a disturbance in the electrical activity.<\p>

Ghoraani and her research team are developing a novel low-risk, low-cost algorithm allowing improved and patient-specific localization of electrical disturbance sites to improve clinical intervention for atrial fibrillation. To read more visit the full article at RIT's News Page.<\p>