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FDA Approves AI Stethoscope Technology Capable of Detecting Heart Failure

In the field of healthcare, the use of technology has been revolutionizing various aspects of medicine. Recently, a new FDA-cleared artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by Mayo Clinic and Eko Health has been introduced to quickly detect signs of heart failure in just seconds. This innovative technology is designed to enhance patient care and improve early detection of illnesses, especially in cases where symptoms may be challenging to identify.

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, which aids 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.

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 a fraction of time, detecting early signs of heart failure with low ejection fraction that are often challenging to identify. Dr. Paul Friedman, a cardiac electrophysiologist and cardiologist at Mayo Clinic stressed the significance of early detection for this potentially life-threatening condition.

The cost of the AI-enhanced stethoscope is $429 along with a monthly subscription fee. While there may be some concerns about affordability for patients and healthcare providers alike

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