Math professor counts on UI for innovative cardiac procedure

Roseanne Wolf is well-schooled on how the heart works. The 31-year-old earned a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Iowa in 2012, and her doctoral research focused on the mathematical modeling of cardiomyocytes—the cells that make up heart muscle.

Despite her academic background and knowledge, Roseanne could not have guessed that cardiac function would one day affect her on much more personal level.

In fall 2013, Roseanne suddenly, and without warning, lost consciousness at her home in Dubuque, Iowa. She had never passed out before.

Fortunately, Roseanne’s parents were visiting that weekend, and they drove her to the emergency room in Dubuque. Since Roseanne had no warning signs prior to her fall, doctors performed an electrocardiogram (EKG)—a recording of her heart rate and rhythm—to rule out an abnormal heart rhythm or decrease in blood pressure that could have caused her to lose consciousness.

Read more about Roseanne’s diagnosis and treatment, placement of an implanted LINQTM cardiac monitor, performed by Michael Giudici, MD, director of UI Heart and Vascular Center’s Electrophysiology Program.

Story Source: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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