Ten patients at the Silesian Heart Center (CCS) in Zaberzi are undergoing AI care. They are patients, randomly selected from more than 2.5 thousand. People with implanted heart monitors should contact the remote monitoring center.

A special algorithm can “predict” worsening heart failure in a patient in the near future, allowing doctors to receive appropriate treatment. Head of the Electrophysiology and Cardiac Stimulation Laboratory at the Silesian Heart Center in Zaberzi Dr. Oscar Kowalski recalled that in March of this year, the data from the algorithm alerted specialists from the Department of Cardiology, Congenital Heart Defects and Electrotherapy at the Medical University of Silesia, operating at CCS. The patient was contacted quickly and invited to make an appointment. Avoid hospitalization, it was enough to change medications.

“We have a population in Poland who lives – thanks to medicine as well – longer and longer. We treat acute and life-threatening situations like heart attack better and better. We treat and save lives, but unfortunately there is often some damage to the heart muscle remaining in the course of a heart attack on the For example, these patients may be at risk of various types of adverse events, such as the occurrence of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, “- explained Dr. Oscar Kowalski.

Such patients are implanted with a cardioversion-defibrillator, which monitors the work of the heart and, in case of arrhythmias, can restore the normal heart rhythm by means of an electrical pulse. It is precisely these devices that have been enriched with an algorithm that collects various data on the work of the patient’s heart and can “predict” that the patient’s condition will soon deteriorate and alert the staff of the remote monitoring center.

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“To some extent, it replaces a doctor who is unable to constantly monitor the condition of every patient,” – noted Oscar Kowalski. Information obtained from “artificial intelligence” goes to the doctor immediately, and the patient is invited to an appointment. “We can then change the patient’s medications, check for new arterial strictures, that is, do coronary angiography – in short – take measures that anticipate and avoid severe and dangerous cases of a patient with heart failure,” the specialist added.

Currently, the algorithm is not communicating with the patient, but only with medical staff. “It is only a matter of time before he begins calming conversations with the patient,” Dr. Oscar Kowalski. (PAP)

Author: Anna Gumuka

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