Award Date

August 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

R. Jacob Baker

Second Committee Member

Sarah Harris

Third Committee Member

Yahia Baghzouz

Fourth Committee Member

Brendan O'Toole

Number of Pages



This thesis explores the circuital pathway that a signal takes within the heart throughout a full heartbeat and provides a timing analysis. It then surveys the different pathways that could arise in the electrical system of the heart, and the associated heart diseases linked to the location of each pathway. Common heart arrhythmias such as atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia, atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation are surveyed, and their pathways are analyzed. Electrocardiograms are presented to aid in understanding of the timing analysis associated with irregularity in heart function. Finally, this thesis explores an avenue of the heartbeat that links it to a circuital pathway, allowing for an electrical model to aid in illustration of the topic. The use of LTSpice is included to aid in a theoretical illustration of both the typical pathway of the heart, as well as the route that blood is forced to take when an additional pathway is created. The model is best served as a learning tool, as the intricacies of the heart resemble an electrical system. Future work on this topic could focus on developing the models features to simulate heartbeats, pressure, and capacitance within the heart.


A-Fib; arrhythmias; AVNRT; AVRT; electrophysiology; Flutter


Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering | Medical Physiology | Physiology

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1590 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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