The latest AIMed webinar “Putting connected health technologies into practice: A frontline discussion on the case of cardiac care” will be held tomorrow (7 May) at 5 pm (BST)/ 12 noon (EST). Three leading cardiologists will talk about the differences and challenges of health systems and cardiac care in Ghana, UK, and US. Attendees are expected to have first-hand information on recognizing the technological opportunities out there and learning to integrate these solutions into the cardiology workflow.  

The three invited speakers include Dr. Jacques Kpodonu, a cardiovascular surgeon and faculty member of Harvard Medical School, who has an interest in cardiac surgery innovations and digital health technology. Dr. Seth S. Martin, Director of Advanced Lipid Disorders Program of the Ciccarone Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at John Hopkins Medicine. Sean Matheiken, a consultant vascular surgeon turned information technology entrepreneur. 

From prevention to prediction 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is supporting modern cardiology in many ways. Some patients are already having their heart condition monitored and managed through wearable technologies, health sensors, or mobile applications. What used to be known as a “silent epidemic” may change in near future when abnormal heartbeats are detected in healthy individuals with one of these devices and being requested by the system to visit a physician for an electrocardiogram (ECG) or further examination before an actual cardiac episode kicks in. 

Last year, a group of researchers was trying to demonstrate a new way to locate cardiovascular risks through retinal images using AI. Thus far, cardiovascular risks are calculated based on a combination of factors deriving from age, gender, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and lifestyle habits. Often, when some of these parameters are not made available, the prediction for a major cardiovascular event or related mortality may not be accurate. As such, researchers hope that deep learning algorithms may pick up some of these cardiovascular markers from one’s retinal for more substantial prediction. 

Why do we focus on cardiology? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is an estimated 610,000 people dying from heart disease annually in the US. There are also as many as 735,000 Americans believed to experience a heart attack each year. By 2030, the yearly cardiovascular disease medical cost may go up to $818 million or more, causing the country to lose $275 billions of productivity as a result. 

As Dr. Anthony Chang, AIMed Founder and Chairman mentioned earlier, cardiology is probably the best field he could imagine to embrace AI because of the whole range of clinical diagnostic and therapeutic tools driven by the technology. Thus, there are many the industry and cardiologists can do to play a part in understanding how these tools can be better employ to create a better outcome for the patients. 

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Hazel Tang

A science writer with data background and an interest in current affair, culture and arts; a no-med from an (almost) all-med family. Follow on Twitter.