Suffering from heart trouble? This AI tool can predict life expectancy

LOS ANGELES: Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can predict the life expectancy of heart failure patients, an advance that may allow clinicians to make more informed decisions while caring for heart patients.

The researchers, including those from the University of California (UC) at San Diego in the US, said while predicting mortality is important in patients with heart failure, current strategies for evaluating this risk are only modestly successful and can be subjective.

As part of the study, published in the journal ‘European Journal of Heart Failure’, the researchers developed a machine learning algorithm based on de-identified electronic health records data of nearly 6,000 heart failure patients at UC San Diego Health in the US.

They developed a risk score that determined low- and high-risk of death by identifying eight variables collected from the majority of patients with heart failure.

These variables include blood pressure during heart relaxation, the amount of white blood cells, albumin, haemoglobin, platelets, and urea and nitrogen in the blood, and the level of creatinine — a chemical waste product from amino acid breakdown that is excreted via urine, the study noted.

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