Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Peter Engler

Second Advisor

Stanley S. Reisman

Third Advisor

David S. Kristol

Fourth Advisor

Edward L. Yellin

Fifth Advisor

Jay S. Meisner


The study of left ventricular filling in both the normal and the pathological heart is of great importance. A computer model simulation of the heart with emphasis on mitral flow was designed by Meisner in 1986 and implemented in QuickBASIC. This paper discusses how the original program was altered to be able to perform "Parameter vs. Parameter" runs in which it can be observed how varying an input parameter affects output parameters. The output data is then formatted in such a way that it can be used by QUATTRO PRO, a standard spreadsheet package, to yield graphical outputs.

In addition, the original model was implemented in the circuit simulation package PSPICE. This, coupled with the graphics post-processor PROBE that accompanies PSPICE, enables the model to yield higher quality graphs, both P-V loops as well as parameters versus time. This also permits additional information to be gained from the model and offers potential for more easily expanding the model.



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