|Electrocardiography was developed
as a clinical tool about one hundred years ago. Since that time
the ECG has been the first and most important method for diagnosing
cardiac diseases and for monitoring the status of the patient.
The development of computers made it possible
to create automatic diagnostic programs and
thus considerably decrease the work needed for
cardiac diagnosis. Computer models of the cardiac electric
field and the development of the theory of bioelectromagnetism
increase our possibilities to understand the activation
sequence and its measurement process in more detail.
One new area is the detection of the magnetic field induced
by the cardiac electric sources. The new implantable
cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators include intelligent
sensors and versatile programs to control the operation
of the heart. Despite the simple basic principle of
the ECG and its hundred year old history, this important
field of science is continuously strongly developing and improving.
The congress venue in
Helsinki is in the heart of the monumental center of the city.
In June the days are sunny and warm and the nights are
light in Finland. You will certainly enjoy the beauty of the
Empire style architecture of the White City of the North.
Following the congress
there is the Midnight Sun Symposium in Lapland. The
Symposium focuses on abnormal cardiac repolarization and how
to ablate paraxysmal atrial fibrillation. This would be a
unique opportunity for you to follow a scientific lecture
at midnight in full sunshine !
I wish you all sincere
welcome to Finland and I hope that you enjoy your stay here