FDA approves AI stethoscope technology capable of identifying heart failure

Revolutionizing Heart Failure Diagnosis: AI-Powered Stethoscope Cleared by FDA

Heart failure is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide, including over 6 million Americans. A recent study by the American Medical Association reported that the global number of people with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction is over 11 million. To help detect heart failure in just seconds, a new artificial intelligence technology developed by Mayo Clinic and Eko Health has been recently FDA-cleared.

The traditional stethoscope has been in use since 1816 and is still relied upon by doctors to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs for diagnostic assessments. However, further tests such as CT or MRI scans may be required for a definitive diagnosis, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to measure the heart’s electrical activity.

Connor Landgraf, CEO of Eko Health, is passionate about using AI to improve medical care. His family’s history of pulmonary disease inspired him to explore better technologies for identifying early signs of illness. The AI program developed by Mayo Clinic and Eko Health was trained on recordings from over 100,000 patients to interpret heart activity, allowing it to quickly assess a person’s heart strength and detect early signs of heart failure with low ejection fraction in just seconds.

Dr. Paul Friedman, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, emphasizes the importance of early detection for heart failure as it can lead to serious complications if left untreated. The AI-enhanced stethoscope is now available for $429 with a monthly subscription and represents a breakthrough technology that can help identify heart issues that might otherwise go undetected.

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