Machine learning to predict hypertension
..as determined by the Cleveland Clinic committee of subject matter experts
Last week, the Cleveland Clinic ranked the top 10 medical innovations for 2022. A machine learning algorithm that detects hypertension made their list.
Is hypertension serious?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects nearly half of all Americans and increases the risk of heart attacks and/or strokes. According to the CDC, less than 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. with hypertension have their blood pressure under control, and high blood pressure was the primary or contributing cause for more than a half million American deaths in 2019. In terms of hypertension mortality rate, more than a dozen states in 2019 had a death rate above 10% with North Dakota, California and Mississippi reporting the highest rates (12.1%, 12.2% and 13.7%, respectively). Like many illnesses, hypertension can be treated with lifestyle changes such as reduced salt intake, eating more fruits and vegetables, adopting a more active lifestyle and eliminating smoking (if you already smoke). However, for many, medication is required to effectively lower blood pressure.
How to spot hypertension?
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