Coronary Artery Disease (“CAD”):
- The leading cause of premature death worldwide, accounting for more deaths than all cancers combined.
- Predicted to increase 18% by 2030 due to patient obesity, stress due to lifestyle factors, and aging populations1.
Detection is a substantial challenge:
- Only 20% of CAD cases are diagnosed prior to a heart attack2.
- In 57% of cases, sudden cardiac death is the first symptom3.
1 American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2012 Update
2 Semmlow J., Rahalkar K. Acoustic Detection of Coronary Artery Disease; Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 2007
3 American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2011 Update. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association