People’s Voices Can Detect Heart Disease Risk, Here’s How!

Suara.com – Heart disease is a serious health problem that is the leading cause of death in the world. Therefore, everyone needs to be aware of unusual signs of heart disease, one of which is through sound.

A new study has found that heart problems that require immediate medical attention can be detected by the sound of a person’s voice when speaking.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US created an artificial intelligence algorithm that captures small changes in a person’s voice.

Of the group of 108 people labeled at risk for heart problems, nearly 6 in 10 scored higher on vocal tests in hospital within two years.

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Jaskanwal Deep Singh Sara, MD, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study, says he couldn’t hear this particular feature himself.

“This technology uses machine learning to measure something that is not easy to measure using the human brain and ear,” Jaskanwal said The Sun.

They found participants who scored high on the sound biomarker were 2.6 times more likely to have plaque buildup in the heart arteries.

Illustration of heart disease (shutterstock)

They were also three times more likely to show evidence of plaque buildup on medical tests compared to those who scored low.

At the start of the study, x-rays assessed the condition of the arteries of the human heart. Then, the people involved were asked to record three 30-second voice samples using the Vocalis Health smartphone application.

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They were asked to read the prepared text, share their personal positive experiences and share their negative personal experiences.

The AI-based system was trained to analyze more than 80 sound recording features, such as frequency, amplitude, pitch and rhythm based on a training series of more than 10,000 voice samples collected in Israel.

Based on previous research, researchers have found six features that are correlated with coronary artery disease and used to create a single score for each person.

One-third of the patients had high scores, which means they were more at risk than participants with low scores.

“Telemedicine is non-invasive, cost-effective and efficient which has become very important during a pandemic,” said Dr Sara.

Dr Sara and her team do not suggest this AI technology will replace doctors or doctors’ diagnostic methods in the future. However, he thinks this technology could help detect it more quickly as a health strategy.

“These findings are clearly very interesting, but still need a lot of analysis and research,” he said.


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