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The Cardiovascular Health 2018 report

At Aetna International, we believe it’s important to raise awareness of the world’s silent killer, cardiovascular disease (CVD) — which is responsible for almost a third of all global deaths every year.

We champion prevention and early intervention measures to support the industry’s move from ‘sick care’ to ‘well care’ and to help deliver the best health outcomes for our members around the world.

In a new Raconteur Special Report, Cardiovascular Health 2018, Dr Mitesh Patel, Medical Director, Aetna International, comments on the transformational impact of machine-learning on diagnosing and preventing non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease.

Machine-learning will revolutionise heart health

The article, titled ‘Machines are learning to spot illness’, examines “the meshing of big data and machine-learning enables much speedier and accurate diagnostic processes.” According to the article’s writer, Oliver Pickup, machine-learning “is already proving life-saving in healthcare in general and for those with CVD specifically as related conditions can be identified early, and impending strokes and heart attacks spotted in advance.”

Of the potentially lifesaving diagnostic power of artificial intelligence in health care, Dr Mitesh Patel, Medical Director, Aetna International says; “The impact of machine learning will be as transformational to modern medicine as the discovery of penicillin was in the last century.”

Access Cardiovascular Health 2018 here to read ‘Machines are learning to spot illness’ in full.

Exploring the Cardiovascular Health report

The Cardiovascular Health 2018 report explores the link between cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions, the digital devices and tech breakthroughs revolutionising diagnosis and treatment, and the mental and physical health benefits of a happy, positive attitude. It covers the advances that have already been made in the field of heartcare and includes an educational infographic exploring the lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of CVD.

The list of features includes:

  • Chief executives at risk of heart disease
  • A smile a day keeps the doctor away
  • Predicting the future by creating it
  • Beating bad cholesterol
  • Treating the knock-on effects of heart disease
  • No patient left behind: the fight for access to medicines for rare diseases

Read the Cardiovascular Health 2018 report

Understanding heart health

Unhealthy lifestyle choices, insufficient exercise, genetic predisposition and conditions such as type 2 diabetes are some of the factors that contribute to the world’s 17.5 million cardiovascular disease related deaths every year. These root causes are made worse by stress, poverty, poor living conditions and a lack of access to effective prevention and health care, among others.

At Aetna International, we’re raising awareness of cardiovascular disease and how it develops, and championing prevention and early intervention measures that help deliver the best possible health outcomes for people. We do this by providing convenient, affordable access to quality health care for members around the world.

In this way, we help organisations provide health and well-being benefits to drive employee wellness and productivity. And we help individuals understand their health, take steps to stay healthy or manage their symptoms as part of a condition management journey.

Prevention and intervention in action at Aetna

At Aetna International, we encourage health screenings and long-term healthy lifestyle behaviour changes to help our members catch problems and risks early, leading to healthier outcomes. We also support early intervention measures such as engaging with at-risk members and offering one-nurse-one-member clinical support and condition management. Chronic condition management can help lessen symptom severity and development of worsening conditions.

Further reading

Learn more about what Aetna International is doing to tackle cardiovascular disease in our white paper — The forgotten killer: Cardiovascular disease

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