Artificial intelligence-enhanced ECGs may speed heart failure diagnosis and treatment

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Artificial intelligence-enhanced ECGs may speed heart failure diagnosis and treatment

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | August 04, 2020 Artificial Intelligence Cardiology

Researchers found:

AI-enhanced ECG was better than standard blood tests in identifying which patients have severe LVSD (35% or less of blood in the heart pumped out with each contraction), with a performance measure of 0.89 vs. 0.80;
the AI-enhanced ECG was also good (performance measure 0.85) at identifying patients with less severe but abnormally low pumping ability (50% or less of the blood leaving the heart with each contraction); and

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while several factors can influence blood test results, AI-enhanced ECG performed just as well in men and women and among patients in different age groups.
“AI-enhanced ECGs are quicker and outperform current standard-of-care tests. Our results suggest that high-risk cardiac patients can be identified quicker in the emergency department and provides an opportunity to link them early to appropriate cardiovascular care,” Adedinsewo said.

AI-enhanced ECGs are not widely available. In May, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of the AI-enhanced ECG algorithm to screen for LVSD in people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 disease.

The current study is limited by being a retrospective analysis of previous emergency department visits.

Co-authors are Rickey E. Carter, Ph.D.; Zachi Attia, M.Sc.; Patrick Johnson, B.S.; Anthony H. Kashou, M.D.; Jennifer L. Dugan, M.D.; Michael Albus, M.D.; Johnathan M. Sheele, M.D., M.P.H.; M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D., M.S.; Paul Friedman, M.D.; Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., M.Sc.; and Peter Noseworthy, M.D. Author disclosures are in the manuscript.

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