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Google Predicts Heart Attacks Through Eyes

By looking at the human eye, Google’s algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, Google researchers said last week, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry.

The algorithms didn’t outperform existing medical approaches such as blood tests, according to a study of the finding published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. The work needs to be validated and repeated on more people before it gains broader acceptance, several outside physicians said.

But the new approach could build on doctors’ current abilities by providing a tool that people could one day use to quickly and easily screen themselves for health risks that can contribute to heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

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Mindfulness Can Improve Heart Health

What’s good for the mind also tends to be good for the heart, and the mind-calming practice of meditation may play a role in reducing your risk of heart disease, according to a scientific statement published in the September Journal of the American Heart Association.

Experts reviewed dozens of studies published over the past two decades, and found that meditation may improve a host of factors linked with heart disease — making it worth including in an overall program for ongoing heart care. “Not only can meditation improve how your heart functions, but a regular practice can enhance your outlook on life and motivate you to maintain many heart-healthy behaviors, like following a proper diet, getting adequate sleep, and keeping up regular exercise,” says Dr. John Denninger, director of research at the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Meditation involves sitting comfortably with closed eyes and focusing on breathing, a mental image, or repetition of a single positive word or phrase. The goal is to keep the mind focused on the present: away from stressful or distracting thoughts. As your mind becomes calm, so too does your body.

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