The project aims to explore aging-related structural and functional changes in the heart and dissect their role in the genesis of twin cardiovascular epidemics of atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF). Molecule-to-cell and tissue level changes associated with aging will be quantified using molecular imaging techniques. Such structural changes will then be linked with changes of the electrical function in the twin AF/HF condition via biophysically detailed 3D computational modelling of the heart. Model predictions will be used to design therapies aimed at counteracting the effects of aging, and hence preventing the disease.
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