Harnessing big data to help the heart

Machine learning may improve the way doctors detect heart disease.


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Imagine a world in which a photo of your eye — taken with your smartphone — could determine your risk of a heart attack, and your smartwatch could estimate your odds of experiencing a stroke. Sounds pretty futuristic, right?

In fact, preliminary studies showing the feasibility of both approaches have already been published. They're just two examples of the new wave of technology-based innovations (see "Transformative technologies") that are beginning to change health care as we know it.

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