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Nothing kills more Americans than heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 877,000 Americans die each year of these diseases.

To help address this situation, some hospitals and health systems are leveraging population health data and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered imaging technology to determine which patients will be at the greatest risk for having coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease.

This more targeted approach allows providers to identify at-risk patients rapidly and, for the first time, enable personalized and preventive treatment.

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Key Take Aways

Here is what our experts had to say:


Heart disease, a leading cause of death in the U.S., must be addressed at the individual and population health level.


Advanced technology can identify heart disease at its earliest stages instead of at the risk of a coronary event.


Benefits of early detection include more treatment options, fewer interventional procedures and reduced risk for patients.



Himanshu Gupta

Himanshu Gupta, MD

Director of Cardiac Imaging

Valley Health System


Jay Earls

James P. Earls, MD, FSCCT

Chief Medical Officer

Cleerly Health


Marie Fishman

Marie Cleary-Fishman, BSN, MS, MBA

Vice President, Clinical Quality, AHA Center for Health Innovation

American Hospital Association



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