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In Mayo Clinic proceedings

OBJECTIVE : To develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool to detect cardiac amyloidosis (CA) from a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG).

METHODS : We collected 12-lead ECG data from 2541 patients with light chain or transthyretin CA seen at Mayo Clinic between 2000 and 2019. Cases were nearest neighbor matched for age and sex, with 2454 controls. A subset of 2997 (60%) cases and controls were used to train a deep neural network to predict the presence of CA with an internal validation set (n=999; 20%) and a randomly selected holdout testing set (n=999; 20%). We performed experiments using single-lead and 6-lead ECG subsets.

RESULTS : The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) was 0.91 (CI, 0.90 to 0.93), with a positive predictive value for detecting either type of CA of 0.86. By use of a cutoff probability of 0.485 determined by the Youden index, 426 (84%) of the holdout patients with CA were detected by the model. Of the patients with CA and prediagnosis electrocardiographic studies, the AI model successfully predicted the presence of CA more than 6 months before the clinical diagnosis in 59%. The best single-lead model was V5 with an AUC of 0.86 and a precision of 0.78, with other single leads performing similarly. The 6-lead (bipolar leads) model had an AUC of 0.90 and a precision of 0.85.

CONCLUSION : An AI-driven ECG model effectively detects CA and may promote early diagnosis of this life-threatening disease.

Grogan Martha, Lopez-Jimenez Francisco, Cohen-Shelly Michal, Dispenzieri Angela, Attia Zachi I, Abou Ezzedine Omar F, Lin Grace, Kapa Suraj, Borgeson Daniel D, Friedman Paul A, Murphree Dennis H