AI Giving Doctors Advance Notice on Heart Failure

Cardiologists at Northwestern Medicine are using AI to identify patients with advanced heart failure who require specialized care, including those who might need ventricular assistance devices or transplant.​ Dr. Faraz Ahmad, MD, MS, cardiologist and associate director of Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s Center for Artificial Intelligence discusses heart failure, how AI is giving doctors advanced notice on heart failure, treatment options, and what else AI ​can ​be used for​ to help patients. For more information visit

Dr. Ahmad is a practicing heart failure cardiologist who cares for patients across the spectrum of heart failure, including patients with different types of cardiomyopathies, with advanced heart failure, and those who have undergone heart transplantation or mechanical assist device support (LVAD). He has a particular clinical interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with different types of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, such as cardiac amyloidosis.

Dr. Ahmad’s research interests are in using data science, machine learning, and digital health technologies to improve quality of care for patients with heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. His work has received support from multiple organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Heart Failure Society of America, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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