ECG's: exploring the human heart.

This is a Biology Subject Spotlight with Dr Matt Hardy from University of Bradford. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Biology.

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In this informative and enlightening Subject Spotlight, Dr Matt Hardy presents ECGs: exploring the human heart - a look at the impact of ECGs on the advancement of heart monitoring. He begins by explaining what an ECG is, thinks about anatomy in terms of the structure of a human heart and cardiac cycles, and documents the electrical conduction of a cardiac cycle. In episode 2, Matt explains how ECGs work, what happens to the body and heart during an ECG, and then goes on to look at arrhythmia, mainly what they are and common arrhythmias that appear on ECGs. Dr Matt Hardy then addresses a well–known cardiac incident involving a footballer, and discusses the consequences and treatment after such an event, before discussing some of the different types and commonalities of inherited arrhythmia of the heart. The Spotlight is concluded by documenting 3rd degree AV block and how that appears on an ECG, before presenting an activity which encourages you to think like a clinician, and draw an ECG of a patient with a specific heart condition. 

About University of Bradford

The University of Bradford's focus is on creating the conditions for social, cultural, and economic impact through its commitment to social inclusion - creating opportunity and enabling students to reach their potential. Through this commitment, the University of Bradford has topped the Social Mobility Index for English universities for the last two years. Courses at Bradford encompass industry experience and employability. They're designed to engage and inspire using input from industry partners. The University's focus on practical training and placements, mean that it's not just the theory, but also the skills graduates need to really make their mark on the world. Bradford offers over 100 undergrad courses across four faculties, and 15% of students come from international territories.

Meet the academics

Dr Matt Hardy

Dr Matt Hardy is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Sciences at the University of Bradford. Dr Matt’s PhD research focused on the development of an assay to detect proarrhythmic potential in pharmaceutical test compounds. He continued his interests in cardiovascular (patho)physiology by undertaking research positions in the areas of cardiac dysfunction during sepsis, heterogeneity in the right failing ventricle, and mechanisms of cardiac anoxia tolerance. Dr Matt also has a strong interest in teaching biosciences, as well as in pedagogical research, with focuses in the areas of biology and academic skills development. He is also a representative for the Physiological Society as well as being on the editorial board for Physiology News.

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