Fascinating rhythm: a primer on chaos theory and its application to cardiology

Am Heart J. 1990 Dec;120(6 Pt 1):1419-40. doi: 10.1016/0002-8703(90)90258-y.


Nonlinear dynamics is an exciting new way of looking at peculiarities that in the past have been ignored or explained away. We have attempted to give a general introduction to the basics of the mathematics, applications to cardiology, and a brief review of the new tools needed to use the concepts of nonlinear mathematics. The careful mathematical approach to problems in cardiac electrical dynamics and blood flow is opening a window on behaviors and mechanisms previously inaccessible.

Publication types

  • Dictionary
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / physiopathology
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Cardiology* / methods
  • Humans
  • Mathematics*
  • Systems Theory