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Watch this space for video releases leading up to the World Heart Day debut of the Arrhythmia Suite, III. Ventricular Ectopics and Short Ventricular Tachycardia Runs, created for the Heart Rhythm Congress. The video lineup is designed for a general audience.

On 1 September 2021: Feel the musical heart rhythms in ECG excerpts from a patient with atrial fibrillation and other rhythm disturbances in a new edition of the Holter Highlights created for Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month – music collaged and rendered by Elaine Chew, with commentary on the ECG traces by Pier Lambiase.

On 8 September 2021: Pier Lambiase gives a succinct introduction to ventricular ectopics before Elaine Chew describes the making of Arrhythmia Suite, III, from an ECG trace of ventricular ectopics and short ventricular tachycardia runs using fragments of music from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

On 15 September 2021: Pier Lambiase introduces a variety of heart rhythm disorders before Elaine Chew presents her seven Little Etudes for Piano based on aberrations of cardiac electrophysiology, composed originally for World Heart Rhythm Week 2020; sound engineered by Daniel Bedoya.

18 September 2021: How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart [ Chew, Loui, Leslie, Palmer, Berger, Large, Bernardi, Hanser, Thayer, Casey, Lambiase, Scientific American 18 Sep 2021 ] 

On 29 September 2021: Check in for the world première of Arrhythmia Suite, III., an homage to Ludwig van Beethoven on World Heart Day. Performances by Elaine Chew, with and without the underlying arrhythmic heartbeats, bookend the introduction to ventricular ectopics by Pier Lambiase and the description of the making of the piece.

Elaine Chew is Principal Investigator of the ERC projects COSMOS (Computational Shaping and Modeling of Musical Structures) and Heart.FM (on tailored music therapy with physiological feedback for heart health) at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), a senior researcher at the STMS (Sciences and Technologies of Music and Sound) Lab at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and Visiting Professor of Engineering at King's College London. As a pianist, she gives performances integrating scientific demonstrations and explanations.

Pier Lambiase is Professor of Cardiology in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science at University College London and the Department of Cardiology at Barts Heart Centre, where he is Co-Director of Cardiovascular Research and Inherited Arrhythmia Clinical Lead. He co-wrote the 2019 ESC Guidelines for Supraventricular Tachycardia and is on the current ESC Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Death Guidelines Committee. He chairs the British Heart Rhythm Society Research Committee and is Chief Investigator for an International Registry of the Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.

Related material

HRC 2021 presentation - Music: An underutilised tool in neurocardiology? by discussants Prof. Elaine Chew and Prof. Pier Lambiase

Putting One's Heart Into Music [ Chew, Orini, Lambiase, EHJ 2021 42(28): 2721–2724 ] 

This result is part of the COSMOS project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 788960).

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