Elara Creates: The Heart and Health
Complex Ideas Made Simple
Elara collaborates with its clients to produce original content utilized in product launches, training on medical devices, and education and empathy-building for a variety of medical conditions. Often, the physiological and mechanical aspects of the systems and conditions portrayed are incredibly complex. One such complex system, is the human heart.
Throughout our history, Elara consistently produced clinically accurate animations and immersive virtual reality experiences depicting practically every aspect of a working heart, while simultaneously explaining disease and other pathologies that can adversely affect this most vital of organs. This content provides a great deal of value to health care professionals, medical device manufacturers and patients as well.
We’ve provided just a few of our samples here in order for you to see the variety of styles and techniques we employ when creating our work. Because while a heart is always a heart, each one is truly unique.
A compilation of extraordinary and scientifically accurate heart models we have developed over the years.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.
Ventricular Tachycardia is a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) caused by abnormal electrical signals in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). Abnormal electrical signals in the ventricles cause the heart to beat faster than normal, usually 100 or more beats a minute, out of sync with the upper chambers. In some cases, ventricular tachycardia can cause your heart to stop.
Imagine if you could complete the test on patients without using any wires? That’s what Cardiac Science asked Elara to show in this product feature of the Quinton 9550 Stress Testing System.
A cardiac stress test is a cardiological test that measures a heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced by exercise or by drug stimulation. Cardiac stress tests compare the coronary circulation while the patient is at rest with the same patient’s circulation during maximum physical exertion, showing any abnormal blood flow to the myocardium. The results can be interpreted as a reflection on the general physical condition of the test patient.
Cardiac muscle cells are called Cardiomyocytes. These cells contain specialized organelles such as myofibrils, mitochondria, the sarcoplasmic reticulum for storage and release of calcium and the sarcolemma which is a membrane that encloses each muscle cell. Cardiomyocytes are very flexible as they shorten and lengthen to perform the mechanical function of a beating heart. They are connected by cellular bridges which allow the heart muscle to act as a single coordinated unit.
Do these AED (automated external defibrillator) shots look like photographs? Products can look like photographs but are in fact Elara-built, custom 3D models! Check it out here with the Powerheart G5 Animation.