Feature Papers

Putting (One’s) Heart Into Music

On links and similarities between the rhythms of arrhythmia and music, evidence showing prevalence of simple swing ratios in arrhythmia ECGs, and implications for music in medical education and for music informatics in cardiovascular science. CardioPulse article by Elaine Chew, Michele Orini, Pier Lambiase. Full text: [ PDF | HTML ]

European Heart Journal. 2021, Mar 30; ehab108. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehab108. Online ahead of print.

Many thanks to Francesco Paneni, CardioPulse editor, for the opportunity to present this article in the European Heart Journal, and to Amelia Meier for expert steering through production.

Figure 1. Opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (CCARH 2008) and 12-lead Holter ECG segments showing short runs of ventricular tachycardia matching the fate motif, normal beats marking time (ECG courtesy Lambiase).
Figure 2. Logscale histograms of RR ratios, Poincaré plots of RR intervals, and music notation for peak ratios marked (vertical lines in histograms which correspond to lines radiating from origin in Poincaré plots) for ventricular ectopics (top) and of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (bottom) from single Holter each.
Video 1. Little Etudes for piano based on aberrations of cardiac electrophysiology–a performance by Elaine Chew of a series of short piano pieces based on cardiac electrical anomalies each described by Pier Lambiase, made initially by Chew, Lambiase, Bedoya for the Ircam AIxMusic Garden at Ars Electronica 2020. The video is available at bit.ly/LittleEtudes-video