Algorithm spots abnormal heart rhythms with doctor-like accuracy

Modern cardiology. Acoustic stethoscope on a laptop computer displaying ECG trace

While not all arrhythmias are fatal or even dangerous, it’s still a cause for concern. Some, after all, could cause heart failure and cardiac arrest, and a lot of people with abnormal heart rhythms don’t even show symptoms. A team of researchers from Stanford University might have found a way to effectively diagnose the condition even if a person isn’t exhibiting symptoms and even without a doctor. They’ve developed an algorithm that can detect 14 types of arrhythmia — they also claim that based on their tests, it can perform “better than trained cardiologists.”


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