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This AI Could Save Millions Of Lives

But, it could pose a risk.

Will Lockett
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3 min readJun 11, 2024

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Here is a fact I bet you didn’t know. A quarter of the deaths in the UK are attributed to heart failure. In fact, this is true for almost all developed nations. Why? Well, heart failure can be caused by a multitude of different ailments, many of which can go completely undiagnosed for years, as symptoms only become apparent down the line. As such, many are diagnosed too late for effective treatment, leading to these sky-high death rates. But, an AI has just been developed to solve this troubling problem.

Let’s start with what heart failure actually is. Heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly, typically because it has become too weak or stiff. As such, the heart is still technically working but requires support, such as drugs, corrective operations or pacemakers, to function correctly. As I stated, heart failure can have multiple potential causes, but the most common are high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, valve damage, obesity, alcohol abuse, anaemia and muscle diseases.

All of these potential causes can be challenging to diagnose early on, but nonetheless leave tell-tale traces in a person’s medical record. For example, a patient can easily hide their alcohol addiction from their doctor, but the…

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Will Lockett
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