AI to detect heart attacks tested in the land of the deep-fried Mars bar


Hospitals in Scotland are trying out AI software that can determine whether a patient is suffering from a heart attack, in an effort to improve accident and emergency response times.

Heart attacks can be difficult to detect because symptoms like chest pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath are associated with many other conditions. Physicians often miss other vital signs. If left untreated, there’s as much as a 70 percent chance you’ll die from an attack in the next 30 days, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said.

The AI system being tested appears to be able to “rule out a heart attack in more than double the number of patients, with an accuracy of 99.6 percent,” the not-for-profit org suggested.

“Chest pain is one of the most common reasons that people present to Emergency departments,” Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director of the BHF, commented. “Every day, doctors around the world face the challenge of separating patients whose pain is due to a heart attack from those whose pain is due to something less serious.”

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