FDA Approves AI Stethoscope Technology Capable of Detecting Heart Failure

Revolutionizing Heart Failure Detection: Mayo Clinic and Eko Health Introduce AI-Enabled Stethoscope

Heart failure is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, with over 11 million individuals having heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. In the United States, more than 6 million people suffer from this debilitating illness. A new FDA-cleared artificial intelligence technology developed by the Mayo Clinic and Eko Health has been introduced to quickly detect signs of heart failure in just seconds.

The stethoscope, an instrument that has been in use since 1816, has undergone an AI transformation. Doctors utilize the stethoscope to listen to the sounds of the heart and lungs, aiding in diagnosing various conditions. However, additional tests such as CT or MRI scans are often required for a definitive diagnosis. Electrocardiograms (ECGs), which measure the heart’s electrical activity, are commonly used by physicians for further evaluation.

Lindsey Theis of Scripps News spoke with Connor Landgraf, CEO of Eko Health, who underscored the importance of utilizing technology like AI to enhance patient care, especially in the early detection of illnesses. Through a collaborative effort between Mayo Clinic and Eko Health, the AI program was trained using over 100,000 patient recordings to interpret heart activity accurately. The technology is able to quickly assess an individual’s heart strength within fraction of time, detecting early signs of heart failure with low ejection fraction that are often challenging to identify.

The cost of the AI-enhanced stethoscope is $429 along with a monthly subscription fee. Early detection is crucial for this potentially life-threatening condition as Dr. Paul Friedman, a cardiac electrophysiologist and cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic emphasizes its significance

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