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New Groundbreaking "AI" Scan Detects Heart Attack Risks Years Before Symptoms
Fountain Life's new AI Coronary Artery Scan has shown potential to detect heart attack risks three to ten years before symptoms appear. The outpatient procedure involves a CT scan of the heart after dye is injected.
Unlike traditional CT scans analyzed by doctors, Fountain Life's AI analyzes the results. The AI can detect plaque buildup, including high-risk uncalcified plaque prone to rupture.
The AI scan aims to detect heart disease early to allow for reversing it. It provides an alternative to expensive cath lab procedures using catheters.
According to their website :
If there's a heart attack looming in your future three, five or 10 years down the road, this new AI-guided approach to Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) allows us to detect the warning signs so you can take actions to prevent it. We do this by accurately assessing your present-day heart disease risk by identifying newer, soft plaque that is prone to rupture. By using a non-invasive injection of an iodinated contrast media, the AI Coronary Artery Scan can examine the arteries that supply blood to your heart and determine whether they have narrowed.
Currently available to some employers and centers, Fountain Life plans to partner with doctors to make the scan more accessible.
Founded in 2021, Fountain Life's goal is to shift from reactive to proactive healthcare using AI trained on asymptomatic data to detect and monitor diseases early.
Cardiologist Dr. Ernst von Schwarz believes AI is valuable for early plaque differentiation and treatment guidance before complications.
The scan has proven life-saving for individuals like Raman Velu, who underwent bypass surgery after three blockages were detected, preventing an emergency.
Fountain Life's technology shows potential to detect heart risks years early, enabling prevention and saving lives.