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AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke

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Predicting a heart attack.

Artificial intelligence has been used for the first time to instantly and accurately measure blood flow.

Credit: Perry Memorial Hospital

A study led by researchers at University College London (UCL) and the Barts Health National Health Service Trust in the U.K. for the first time used artificial intelligence (AI) to measure blood flow, and forecast death, heart attack, and stroke.

The AI system analyzed Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance images from more than 1,000 patients at two U.K. hospitals, and precisely and instantly quantified blood flow to the heart muscle and transmitted the measurements to medical teams.

Comparison of the AI-generated blood flow results with the health outcomes of each patient revealed that subjects with reduced blood flow were more likely to suffer negative health outcomes like death, heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

UCL's Kristopher Knott said, "As poor blood flow is treatable, these better predictions ultimately lead to better patient care, as well as giving us new insights into how the heart works."

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