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Efficient simulation of cardiac electrical propagation using high order finite elements

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3946-3962
Number of pages17
Issue number10
Published20 May 2012

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We present an application of high order hierarchical finite elements for the efficient approximation of solutions to the cardiac monodomain problem. We detail the hurdles which must be overcome in order to achieve theoretically-optimal errors in the approximations generated, including the choice of method for approximating the solution to the cardiac cell model component. We place our work on a solid theoretical foundation and show that it can greatly improve the accuracy in the approximation which can be achieved in a given amount of processor time. Our results demonstrate superior accuracy over linear finite elements at a cheaper computational cost and thus indicate the potential indispensability of our approach for large-scale cardiac simulation. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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