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Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

The researchers worked with Mayo Clinic's Center for Digital Health to develop the smartphone app that study participants used to send single-lead ECGs from their Apple Watches.

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Researchers at the Mayo Clinic developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.

The researchers modified an established 12-lead algorithm for low ventricular ejection fraction (a weak heart pump) to interpret ECG signals generated from the single lead of an Apple Watch; they also developed a smartphone app that enabled study participants to submit single-lead ECGs from their Apple Watches.

Said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Paul Friedman, "It is absolutely remarkable that AI transforms a consumer watch ECG signal into a detector of this condition, which would normally require an expensive, sophisticated imaging test, such as an echocardiogram, CT scan, or MRI."

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