AliverCor, a company associated with the renowned Mayo Clinic and embarked on the design of an EKG strap ( named KardiaBand ) for the Apple Watch has presented a new study that and combines artificial intelligence technology with this strap to generate a non-invasive system to determine the levels of potassium in blood, a basic data when diagnosing heart diseases that require rapid medical assistance.
To conduct this study, 2 million electrocardiograms were taken from the Mayo Clinic from 1994 to 2017, paired with four million blood potassium values, added to data from an AliveCor EKG device synchronized to a smartphone. With all this data, the aim is to obtain the logarithm to detect the levels of potassium in the blood with an accuracy of between 91 and 94%.
This would be a revolution in the field of medicine , because until now if a doctor wants to check the potassium levels he has to do a blood test and send it to the laboratory. With this system you can have a very reliable way of knowing the result without having to do a blood test and without waiting for the results.
Suffering from hyperkalaemia can be really serious and even more so if it is associated with problems in the electrocardiogram, which can cause problems with arrhythmias, something that is quite deadly if not treated quickly . Potassium itself is an indication of kidney function.
Now the user with the KardiaBand will be able to detect himself if he suffers from hyperkalaemia in his own home, knowing that he has to go quickly to a medical centre for treatment.
If technology continues to advance in this way alongside medicine, the early detection of certain diseases will increase significantly, leading to a reduction in patient mortality.
We will have to wait to see what AliveCor surprises us with in the future, or other companies.