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AI-powered, ECG-enabled stethoscope detects heart failure in primary care


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Journal
The Lancet Digital Health
Reuters Health - 20/01/2022 - An artificial intelligence (AI)-powered "smart" stethoscope that records electrocardiograms (ECGs) can screen for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction in the primary-care setting, allowing for earlier intervention, report clinicians in the United Kingdom. Reliably diagnosing heart failure in primary-care settings is challenging as the symptoms, such as breathlessness, are associated with many other conditions, researchers note in The Lancet Digital Health. The new tool can help overcome the "unacceptable reality that 80% of patients with heart failure are currently diagnosed through an emergency hospital admission," Dr. Patrik Bachtiger of Imperial College London, lead author of the paper, said in a news release. "The current clinical pathway simply misses too many patients, leaving them undiagnosed until very sick. This tool can save time and money for the (National Health Service) and unlock major benefits for patients ...


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