According to the Elazar Edelman, a consultant cardiologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the day will come when cardiologists use computational modelling to allow them to choose a treatment for a specific person. They will “no longer have to rely on experience or intuition or just luck in terms of choosing what’s best for patients,” he says.

 A global software company, with a heritage in aeronautical and automotive design, consumer goods, shipbuilding and energy – Dassault Systèmes, for the past three years has put together a team of software engineers to build a programme that can create a 3D image of a human heart complete with electrical impulses and muscle fibre contractions – the Living Heart Project.

 While still at the research stage, the implications for diagnosis and treatment are seismic. The expectation is that one day, clinicians will be able to offer not just better care but affordable, individualised care specifically tailored to a patient’s own physiology and the problems he or she is suffering. This raises the prospect of far higher recovery rates, helping reduce the cost of heart disease both emotionally and economically.

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By creating the first full virtual model of the human heart, Dassault Systemes are enabling medical professionals to one day explore personalized treatments for each patient prior to performing surgery, while inspiring researchers to revolutionize cardiovascular medicine. Dassault Systèmes, the world’s leading 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.