Our first guest today is Dr. Faraz Ahmad, cardiologist and associate director of the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s Center for AI. Today he discusses the importance of the program and how the exciting new developments in AI and healthcare. 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).
Did you know that Cardiologists at Northwestern Medicine use AI to identify patients with advanced heart failure who require specialized care, including those who might need ventricular assistance devices or transplants? Heart failure is a common, costly condition affecting over 6 million U.S. adults. That’s about 1 in 250 people. When a patient reaches advanced heart failure, medications no longer work. That’s why it’s vital to catch the problem early. The Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute oversees an expansive research and clinical AI program targeting cardiovascular diseases. For example, AI allows clinicians with no previous ultrasound training to perform diagnostic-quality ultrasound exams quickly and accurately by providing expert turn-by-turn guidance, automated quality assessment, and intelligent interpretation capabilities. In addition to clinically using AI, Northwestern Medicine is also home to the first-of-its-kind AI fellowship, which aims to mentor the next generation of clinicians in the emerging area of AI. For more information, please visit heart.nm.org.
Our second guest is Rachel Bellis, PETA’s Associate Director of Local Affairs discusses why the best way to housetrain a puppy is through consistency and compassion, with regular outings throughout the day and praise for “going” outside, and how the best way to give a dog a happy, healthy life is to spend quality time with them, and provide plenty of exercise, interactive toys, companionship, listen to and respect who they are, and make sure their home is a safe place, with fragile and toxic items kept out of reach.
As Peta’s Associate Director of Local Affairs, Rachel leads and participates in community events and meetings with law enforcement and government officials and helps manage PETA’s services in Virginia and North Carolina, which include low-cost veterinary care, free and low-cost spaying and neutering assistance for neglected dogs left chained or penned outdoors 24/7, and other around-the-clock help for animals who are sick, abused, or facing other emergencies. For more information, go to www.peta.org.