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Mayo Clinic study says AI can detect heart disease in pregnant women

By Chris Benson
New research by a Mayo Clinic cardiologist suggests AI has the potential to diagnose permpartum cardiomyopathy in women. File Photo by Lisa Runnels/Pixabay.
New research by a Mayo Clinic cardiologist suggests AI has the potential to diagnose permpartum cardiomyopathy in women. File Photo by Lisa Runnels/Pixabay.

Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Mayo Clinic has announced that a digital stethoscope enabled by artificial intelligence can detect pregnancy-related heart disease.

New research -- lead by a Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Demilade Adedinsewo at Mayo's Jacksonville, Fla., campus -- suggests AI has the potential to diagnose peripartum cardiomyopathy, a potentially life-threatening but treatable condition that weakens a woman's heart muscle during pregnancy or after giving birth.

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The new digital stethoscope captures electrocardiogram data and heart sounds to identify twice as many cases of peripartum cardiomyopathy compared to regular care, according to the American Heart Association.

Identifying a weak heart pump caused by pregnancy is crucial because symptoms -- like shortness of breath, swelling, weight gain and rapid heartbeat -- can be confused with normal pregnancy symptoms.

Nigerian women have high cases reported of peripartum cardiomyopathy, according to a study. The randomized clinical trial enrolled 1,195 women receiving pregnancy care in Nigeria and was able to predict peripartum cardiomyopathy when the AI-enabled digital stethoscope was put to use.

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