FDA approves AI stethoscope technology capable of identifying heart failure

Eko Health’s AI-Enhanced Stethoscope Receives FDA Clearance to Detect Heart Failure in Seconds

Over 6 million Americans are living with heart failure, as reported by the CDC. Meanwhile, a 2020 study by the American Medical Association found that there are over 11 million people worldwide with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. However, detecting these issues can be challenging, requiring further tests such as CT or MRI scans and electrocardiograms (ECGs).

The traditional stethoscope has been in use since 1816 and is still used today to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs for diagnostic assessments. However, it has limitations. The new AI-enhanced stethoscope developed by Mayo Clinic and Eko Health has received FDA clearance to help detect heart failure in just seconds.

Connor Landgraf, CEO of Eko Health, has a personal and professional interest in using AI to enhance medical care. 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. 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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