PharmaPhorum: AI-Powered Stethoscope From Eko Spots Heart Failure in Seconds


Summary: Study shows that Eko's smart stethoscope can be used to screen for heart failure in a few seconds.
PharmaPhorum: AI-Powered Stethoscope From Eko Spots Heart Failure in Seconds

A study has shown that a 'smart' stethoscope developed by US digital health company Eko can be used to screen people for heart failure in a few second during a standard physical examination.

The device tested in the independent study combines a stethoscope used to listen to heart sounds with a single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). It uses an algorithm to detects low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) — reduced outflow of blood from the heart to the aorta — which is a common characteristic of heart failure.

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