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Revolutionizing Heart Diagnosis: The Mayo Clinic and Eko Health Develop AI-Powered Stethoscope for Early Detection of Heart Failure

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
FDA approves AI stethoscope technology capable of identifying heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide, with more than 6 million Americans living with it. A new AI technology developed by the Mayo Clinic and Eko Health has been FDA-cleared to help detect heart failure in just seconds. The traditional stethoscope, which has been in use since 1816, has received an AI makeover.

Doctors rely on the stethoscope to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs to make diagnostic assessments. However, sometimes further tests such as CT or MRI scans are required for a definitive diagnosis. Additionally, an electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to measure the heart’s electrical activity.

Connor Landgraf, CEO of Eko Health, has a personal and professional interest in using AI to enhance medical care. He explains that his family’s history of pulmonary disease motivated 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, which can lead to serious complications if left untreated. The AI-enhanced stethoscope is now available for $429 with a monthly subscription and is expected to revolutionize the way doctors diagnose and treat heart conditions.

By Samantha Nguyen

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